Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World

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Baker Academic, Nov 1, 1999 - Religion - 240 pages
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In a world marked by relativism, individualism, pluralism, and the transition from a modern to a postmodern worldview, evangelical Christians must find ways to re-present the historic faith. In his provocative new work, Ancient-Future Faith, Robert E. Webber contends that present-day evangelicalism is a product of modernity. Allegiance to modernity, he argues, must be relinquished to free evangelicals to become more consistently historic. Empowerment to function in our changing culture will be found by adapting the classical tradition to our postmodern time. Webber demonstrates the implications in the key areas of church, worship, spirituality, evangelism, nurture, and mission. Webber writes, The fundamental concern of Ancient-Future Faith is to find points of contact between classical Christianity and postmodern thought. Classical Christianity was shaped in a pagan and relativistic society much like our own. Classical Christianity was not an accommodation to paganism but an alternative practice of life. Christians in a postmodern world will succeed, not by watering down the faith, but by being a counter cultural community that invites people to be shaped by the story of Israel and Jesus. A substantial appendix explores the development of authority in the early church, an important issue for evangelicals in a society that shares many features with the Roman world of early Christians. Students, professors, pastors, and laypeople concerned with the churchs effective response to a postmodern world will benefit from this paradigmatic volume. Informative tables and extensive bibliographies enhance the books educational value. - Amazon
 

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These two books together give an excellent overview of the past development, present objectives, and future possibilities of American evangelical Christianity. Balmer (Ann Whitney Olin Professor of ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
A ClassicalPostmodern Christ
43
A ClassicalPostmodern Church
73
A ClassicalPostmodern Worship
98
A ClassicalPostmodern Spirituality
117
Evangelism as Process
141
Education as Wisdom
153
The Church in the World
164
Appendix A ClassicalPostmodern Authority
174
Epilogue
203
Recommended Reading
219
Index
235
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Robert E. Webber is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary, president of the Institute for Worship Studies, and emeritus professor of theology at Wheaton College. He is the author or editor of more than twenty works, a columnist for Worship Leader magazine, and an editorial consultant for Reformed Worship. Webber lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

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