Contextualization of the Gospel: Towards an Evangelical Approach in the Light of Scripture and the Church Fathers

Contextualization of the Gospel: Towards an Evangelical Approach in the Light of Scripture and the Church Fathers

by Andrew James Prince

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Overview

There has been heightened interest and prolific publication by missiologists about contextualization since the term was first coined in 1972. There has been ongoing debate, particularly amongst evangelicals themselves regarding which of these meanings, methods, and models of contextualization are acceptable to use. Much of the debate has been carried out by academics and practitioners whose observations and conclusions have been largely shaped by the social sciences and practical theology. In contrast, the disciplines of biblical studies and Christian thought have not featured significantly in the debate. The purpose of this research is to establish that biblical studies and Christian thought in general (and Scripture and the church fathers in particular) have an essential contribution to make in the contextualization debate and should form part of an evangelical approach to contextualization of the gospel alongside the social sciences and practical theology. Following a review of the literature on contextualization over the past forty years, the research examines the book of Acts as representative of Scripture, and the work of John Chrysostom as a representative church father. Contextual principles that are consistent with an evangelical approach to contextualization of the gospel are drawn from each work, establishing the value of biblical studies and Christian thought in contextualization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532619151
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Series: Australian College of Theology Monograph Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Andrew Prince is a lecturer in Missiology and Practical Theology, and Director of the Center for Asian Christianity, at Brisbane School of Theology, Queensland, Australia.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 The Contextualization Debate 37

Chapter 3 Contextualization in Acts 72

Chapter 4 Bridging the Cap 115

Chapter 5 Contextualization in John Chrysostom 153

Chapter 6 Conclusion 224

Bibliography 231

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