Local Theology for the Global Church

Principles for an Evangelical Approach to Contextualization
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As the church in the global south continues to grow at a rapid pace, the question of how to develop local theologies becomes more and more urgent. This book charts a path forward through exegetical, theological and cultural analysis by scholars who are wrestling with the issues in their own situations around the globe. The contents were developed under the auspices of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission at the Oxford contextualization consultation.

 

This book was published in partnership with the World Evangelical Alliance.

  • ISBN: 9780878081110
  • Pages: 256
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

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This important book is not for missiologists only but for theologians, pastors, and everyday Christians trying to live out the one true faith in situations that bear no cultural resemblance to biblical times. Written by an international array of younger evangelical voices aware of but not intimidated by postmodern and global challenges, these essays well represent the state of the contextualizing art.

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This fine symposium takes the ongoing evangelical debate over contextualization to new levels. With authors drawn from all continents, it probes the issue with a combination of dynamic biblical faithfulness and creativity on the one hand, and thorough exploration of theological, missiological and practical questions and challenges on the other. It should be a highly commended textbook for a wide range of practitioners, from Bible translators to church planters and theological educators in all cultures.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword: Matthew Cook
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  • Introduction: Rob Haskell
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  1. Paul the Contextualizer - Dean Flemming
  2. What Shall We Name God? - Youssouf Dembele
  3. We Contextualize More Than We Realize - Craig Blomberg
  4. Ground Level Contextualization - Ruth Julian
  5. Contextual But Still Objective? - Matthew Cook
  6. Can We See the Naked Theological Truth? - Benno van den Toren
  7. Developing a Palate for Authentic Theology - Natee Tanchanpongs
  8. The Practice of Theology - OsÃas Segura-Guzmán
  9. Theologizing Locally - Paul Siu
  10. Evangelical Models of Contextualization - A. Scott Moreau
  11. Bridging Theory and Training - Patricia Harrison
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