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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About the Author
(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born inNewcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed hisundergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served asStaffSecretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow,Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College atCambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery ofEdinburgh,Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbiginmarried Helen Henderson and the two of them left for Indiawhere he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland.
Table of Contents
- Dogma and Doubt in a Pluralist Culture
- The Roots of Pluralism
- Knowing and Believing
- Authority, Autonomy, and Tradition
- Reason, Revelation, and Experience
- Revelation in History
- The Logic of Election
- The Bible as Universal History
- Christ, the Clue to History
- The Logic of Mission
- Mission: Word, Deed, and New Being
- Contextualization, True and False
- No Other Name
- The Gospel and the Religions
- The Gospel and the Cultures
- Principalities, Powers, and People
- The Myth of the Secular Society
- The Congregation as Hermeneutic of the Gospel
- Ministerial Leadership for a Missionary Congregation
- Confidence in the Gospel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
A congregational minister who became Bishop in the Church of South India: a lifetime of working in an ecumenical context where Christianity is a minority faith. Newbigin is becoming increasingly influential as the Western churches catch up with his experience. More critical of culture than Donovan and so an excellent complement. (Staff, 2008).