Out of Every Tribe and Nation: Christian Theology at the Ethnic Roundtable

Out of Every Tribe and Nation: Christian Theology at the Ethnic Roundtable

by Justo L. Gonzalez


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Out of Every Tribe and Nation demonstrates how ethnic minority perspectives can enrich the church's understanding of a variety of its traditional doctrines: creation, salvation, the Word, and the church in its relation to the world. In each case, Gonzalez draws from several ethnic minority perspectives to demonstrate that the church's traditional understanding of these doctrines, because it has been framed by one dominant group, has impoverished and at times distorted the gospel. In listening to these perspectives, the church can recapture the richness of the divine-human encounter in Christ, and reclaim its standing as "the whole people of God."

By combining the theological perspectives of different ethnic minority theologians on the nature of the gospel and the church and by avoiding an anthology approach, the book offers a single, coherent theological discourse drawn from a variety of different yet complementary perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780687298600
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/19/1992
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Justo L. González has taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of many books, including Church History: An Essential Guide and To All Nations From All Nations, both published by Abingdon Press.

Justo L. González es un ampliamente leído y respetado historiador y teólogo. Es el autor de numerosas obras que incluyen tres volúmenes de su Historia del Pensamiento Cristiano, la colección de Tres Meses en la Escuela de... (Mateo... Juan... Patmos... Prisión... Espíritu), Breve Historia de las Doctrinas Cristianas y El ministerio de la palabra escrita, todas publicadas por Abingdon Press.

Table of Contents

The Roundtable (Participants and Observers)9
II.A Vision of Catholicity18
The Fourfold Witness to the Gospel18
The Fourfold Gospel and the Multiple Witness of Scripture23
Implications for a Pluralistic Theology25
Mission and the Catholic Vocation of Christian Theology27
Christianity and Culture29
III.Visions of the Word38
Points of Agreement38
The Bible As a Tool of Oppression39
The Call for a New Hermeneutics41
Traditional Cultures and Biblical Faith47
In Quest of a Hermencutics of Community53
Translation and Interpretation57
IV.Visions of the World61
Creation and Redemption61
Another Option65
Is There a Solution?69
Change and Perfection71
The Human in the Cosmos73
Creation, Stewardship, Work, and Leisure76
The Seventh Day of Creation81
V.Visions of Salvation83
Salvation, Struggle, and Survival83
The Early Setting86
The Early Centuries, and Ours91
Individualism and Cosmopolitanism95
Pie in the Sky98
VI.Visions of the Church100
Commitment and Alienation100
The Ecclesiology of Christendom105
Ecclesiology and Eschatology109
VII.By the Power of the Spirit115
Appendix IStatement of Purpose117
Appendix IIList of Presentations at the Roundtable119

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