How Does America Hear The Gospel?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802804372
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/19/1989
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface x
Chapter 1 Introduction: In Search of Theological Roots 1
Reflections on Theological Education in Asia and America 1
Theology and Culture 7
Chapter 2 How Does America Hear the Gospel? 10
What Is "American"? 13
What Has Christianity to Do with American Culture? 15
How Do Gospel and Culture Interact? 19
Christ in Culture or Christ against Culture? 24
Chapter 3 The Virgin Land 29
From Wilderness to City: The Pilgrim's Progress 30
The Puritans: A Home in the Wilderness 31
Early to Bed and Early to Rise 37
A University of the Marketplace: Pragmatism 43
In Search of a "Practical" Gospel 48
On the Move
In a Hurry
Use It Up
The Communication of the Gospel 54
Christian Discipleship in the Virgin Land 57
Chapter 4 The American Dream 61
The Puritan City of God 62
The Revolution: Secular Events with a Sacred Telos 66
The Revival Mentality 69
Conclusion: Communicating the Gospel to Optimists 75
Chapter 5 The American Adam 83
The Puritan Conversion Narrative 84
The Rights of Man 87
Nineteenth-Century "Perfectionism" 89
Client-Centered Counseling 93
Conclusion 96
Communicating the Gospel 100
Prophetic Discipleship 102
Chapter 6 Forays into an American Gospel: Walter Rauschenbusch and Robert Schuller 106
Walter Rauschenbusch: Prophet of the Social Gospel 107
Rauschenbusch's Prophetic Discipleship 113
Robert Schuller's Healing Gospel 119
Schuller's Contextualized Message 126
Chapter 7 Conclusion 131
The Virgin Land Is Not Pure 132
The Dream Does Not Belong to Us 134
The American Adam Is Fallen 137
A Return to God and to Ourselves 138
A Theological and Evangelistic Method for Americans 143
Bibliography 154
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