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Overview

How does the gospel relate to a pluralist society? What is the Christian message in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism? Should Christians encountering today's pluralist society concentrate on evangelism or on dialogue? How does the prevailing climate of opinion affect, perhaps infect, Christians' faith?

These kinds of questions are addressed in this noteworthy book by Lesslie Newbigin. A highly respected Christian leader and ecumenical figure, Newbigin provides a brilliant analysis of contemporary (secular, humanist, pluralist) culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context.

While drawing from scholars such as Michael Polanyi, Alasdair MacIntyre, Hendrikus Berkhof, Walter Wink, and Robert Wuthnow, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society is suited not only to an academic readership. This heartfelt work by a missionary pastor and preacher also offers to Christian leaders and laypeople some thoughtful, helpful, and provocative reflections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802804266
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 351,549
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

(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.

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Table of Contents

  1. Dogma and Doubt in a Pluralist Culture
  2. The Roots of Pluralism
  3. Knowing and Believing
  4. Authority, Autonomy, and Tradition
  5. Reason, Revelation, and Experience
  6. Revelation in History
  7. The Logic of Election
  8. The Bible as Universal History
  9. Christ, the Clue to History
  10. The Logic of Mission
  11. Mission: Word, Deed, and New Being
  12. Contextualization, True and False
  13. No Other Name
  14. The Gospel and the Religions
  15. The Gospel and the Cultures
  16. Principalities, Powers, and People
  17. The Myth of the Secular Society
  18. The Congregation as Hermeneutic of the Gospel
  19. Ministerial Leadership for a Missionary Congregation
  20. Confidence in the Gospel
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    I found the book an extremely helpful discussion relating the gospel of Jesus Christ to contemporary Westerners in our postmodern culture. If you're interested in ecclesiology, missiology, or the philosophy of science, this book will clarify key issues. I read it and immediately started back through it again with a highlighter in hand.

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