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Can the West Be Converted?

Towards a Contextual Theology for the West

Can the West Be Converted?

Towards a Contextual Theology for the West

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£96.00

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781793633811
Number of Pages: 400
Published: 04/11/2021
Width: 16 cm
Height: 22.7 cm
Rather than reconsidering contemporary culture in light of secularization, much of the western church operates with a degree of nostalgia. She has yet to fully embrace prospective, innovative models for what form her task might take in some of Christianity's historic heartlands. Amidst rapidly declining church membership, contextualizing the Gospel for the contemporary West is an urgent task for churches and Christians living in this context. This book seeks an interdisciplinary, international, and ecumenical response to this challenge, uniting historical, sociological, theological, and missiological perspectives. Benefiting from recent studies in sociology of religion, Dr. Gantenbein offers several detailed contextual case studies before establishing correlations between western cultural-religious characteristics and corresponding theological affirmations. This study includes several unexpected dimensions, including the development of a theological aesthetic in tension with the typically Word-alone tradition of Protestantism; a constructive reading of the book of Revelation as a source for contemporary aesthetic missiology; reflections on a soteriology for the postmodern era; and a proposal for an anonymous ecclesiology within a European context where churches are viewed with growing suspicion. With rare perspicacity, Gantenbein's study creatively calls churches to apply renewed intellectual rigor in faithfulness to their common purpose.

Jean-Georges Gantenbein, Jacob Marques Rollison, Jean-Francois Zorn

Jean-Georges Gantenbein is lecturer for missiology at the theological seminary in St. Chrischona.

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