Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture

Front Cover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986 - Religion - 156 pages
3 Reviews
In this book, Lesslie Newbigin attempts to look at modern Western culture through the eyes of an outsider and to ask, "What would it mean to confront this culture with the gospel?" Newbigin looks first at the broad issues raised by any cross-cultural communication of the gospel. He then focuses his discussion on modern Western culture, examining its essential features and the present signs of its disintegration. This leads to the main thrust of the book--the question of how biblical authority can be a reality for those who are shaped by this culture. Newbigin goes on to consider what would be involved in the encounter between the gospel and modern science, politics, and economics. Finally, he discusses the task of the church in bringing about this missionary encounter.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Foolishness to the Greeks, The Gospel and Western Culture

User Review  - Victor Thabiso Mazalu - Christianbook.com

What a great book brimfull of very brilliant facts and observations. I was amazed at the level of the objective criticism. The book gives a fair judgment on the way many of us look at the Bible and ... Read full review

Contents

POSTENLIGHTENMENT CULTURE AS A MISSIONARY PROBLEM
1
PROFILE OF A CULTURE
21
THE WORD IN THE WORLD
42
WHAT CAN WE KNOW? THE DIALOGUE WITH SCIENCE
65
WHAT IS TO BE DONE? THE DIALOGUE WITH POLITICS
95
WHAT MUST WE BE? THE CALL TO THE CHURCH
124
Select Bibliography
151
Index
153
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 3 - By the word culture we have to understand the sum total of ways of living developed by a group of human beings and handed on from generation to generation.
Page 4 - ... a culturally conditioned style of life. There can never be a culture-free gospel. Yet the gospel, which is from the beginning to the end embodied in culturally conditioned forms, calls into question all cultures, including the one in which it was originally embodied.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1986)

(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbigin married Helen Henderson and the two of them left for India where he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland.

In 1947 Reverend Newbigin was consecrated Bishop in the Church of South India, formed by the union of Anglican, Methodist, and Reformed churches. He also served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the main theme of the Second Assembly. Other members of the committee included famous theologians such as Barth, Brunner, and Niebuhr

In 1959 Newbigin was called to be General Secretary of the International Missionary Council with offices in London and New York. He was responsible for carrying through final negotiations for the merger with the World Council of Churches. In 1962 he became the first director of the Division of World Mission and Evangelism, and Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches with headquarters in Geneva.

In 1965 he was recalled by the Church of South India as Bishop in Madras and remained there until his retirement in 1974. He lived in London, England, until his death in 1998.

Bibliographic information