Liberating News: A Theology of Contextual Evangelization

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This book approaches the topic of contextual evangelization from the standpoint of "the poor, the powerless, and the oppressed." It is, as Orlando Costas explains, "written against the backdrop of the radical evangelical tradition in dialogue with other streams of the larger ecumenical church."

Costas begins by exploring the biblical roots of contextual evangelization, focusing on two models. The Old Testament model is illustrated by believers like Esther, who, in her heroic ...

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Overview

This book approaches the topic of contextual evangelization from the standpoint of "the poor, the powerless, and the oppressed." It is, as Orlando Costas explains, "written against the backdrop of the radical evangelical tradition in dialogue with other streams of the larger ecumenical church."

Costas begins by exploring the biblical roots of contextual evangelization, focusing on two models. The Old Testament model is illustrated by believers like Esther, who, in her heroic liberation of her people in politically difficult circumstances, showed us how to come to the aid of those who live on the margins of society. The New Testament model is illustrated first and foremost by Christ, who showed us how to minister to the marginalized by operating from "the Galilean periphery."

On what does one base contextual evangelization? On the Trinity, which Costas defines as community, the foundation for evangelization as a "communal event." The substance of evangelization is "the apostolic message of the cross," which announces God's gift of life through the suffering and death of Christ. If we believe that message, we look forward to life in God's kingdom even as we work and pray for justice and peace. Costas accordingly views conversion not as a single event but rather as a continual transformative process that involves a passage from self-absorption to active communal commitment.

Costas's creative, sound blend of evangelical commitment and enlightened social thinking recommends this book to well-informed laypeople as well as pastors, theologians, and scholars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579109387
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 550,498

Meet the Author

Orlando E. Costas, before his recent death, was Dean of Andover Newton Theological School. He authored several books, including The Integrity of Mission, and Christ Outside the Gate.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
Chapter I Theology, Context, and Evangelization: The Theoretical Framework 1
Chapter II Contextual Evangelization: A Personal and Social Witness 20
Chapter III The Prophetic Character of Evangelization: A Perspective from the Jewish Diaspora 33
Chapter IV The Evangelistic Legacy of Jesus: A Perspective from the Galilean Periphery 49
Chapter V The God of the Evangel: The Trinitarian Community as an Evangelizing Presence 71
Chapter VI The Message of the Cross: Life and Hope through Suffering and Death 88
Chapter VII The Call to Conversion: New Life in the Spirit 112
Chapter VIII The Basic Evangelizing Community: Contextual Evangelization in the Life and Mission of the Church 131
Endnotes 150
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