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--in Mission Focus
"This is an extraordinary book on contemporary missiology. Writing from four decades of experience in Christian mission, Lesslie Newbigin applies the same discernment involved in contextualizing the gospel in another culture to the issues involved in contextualizing the gospel in our Western culture. He lays bare the pervasive and subtle synergism that alters the gospel, and he calls us to a thorough critique of our culture and of the way in which we understand or misunderstand the gospel of Christ. . . Important reading for a stimulating perspective on the gospel and Western culture."
--in Christianity Today
"Newbigin's analysis is the best part of this stimulating book. I do not know of another such brilliantly comprehensive treatment of Western society."
"The central question posed by Bishop Newbigin in this stimulating book is: What would be involved in a genuinely missionary encounter between the gospel and Western culture? . . . The result is a very profound study. . . Newbigin has given us a masterful analysis of the essential features of Western culture and has pointed the way for an effective missionary encounter."
--in The Christian Century
"Newbigin's missionary enthusiasm and his experience in cross-cultural missions make this book far more invigorating than the usual disquisition on the problems of belief in the modern age. . . With his vast learning worn very lightly and, above all, with a deep commitment to the gospel, Newbigin pierces some holes in the secular plausibility structure that Christians have come in large part to accept."
(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbigin married Helen Henderson and the two of them left for India where he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland.
In 1947 Reverend Newbigin was consecrated Bishop in the Church of South India, formed by the union of Anglican, Methodist, and Reformed churches. He also served on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the main theme of the Second Assembly. Other members of the committee included famous theologians such as Barth, Brunner, and Niebuhr
In 1959 Newbigin was called to be General Secretary of the International Missionary Council with offices in London and New York. He was responsible for carrying through final negotiations for the merger with the World Council of Churches. In 1962 he became the first director of the Division of World Mission and Evangelism, and Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches with headquarters in Geneva.
In 1965 he was recalled by the Church of South India as Bishop in Madras and remained there until his retirement in 1974. He lived in London, England, until his death in 1998.
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Excellent book. Should be in everybody's library.Published 1 month ago by K. A. Bailey
Heavy, but very challenging for evangelical Christians. The crux of the book is that we are drifting towards a culture / society that is comprised of public facts and private... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John
Had to read this book as part of a core curriculum at a Christian University. The book managed to be the driest, most boring, and yet most idiotic book I have ever had to read for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alex
Very enlightening way to spend a very cold day. Newbigin always has given me new ways of understanding old concepts.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I highly recommend this book for any Christians who want to impact the modern Western culture in a significant way, yet have struggled to make effective progress. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joseph Dindinger
It had lots of writing in the margins and highlights which I did it appreciate but I guess that can be expected when it's that cheapPublished 20 months ago by Angus Trotter
Although written in 1984, Newbigin's comments are as relevant today as they were then. His insights about doing church in a secular culture still challenge us.Published on May 19, 2013 by Ircel Harrison
In Lesslie Newbigin’s book Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture, he lays out what he believes to be the best way to reach western culture with the gospel, by... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Zach Games
That's my own personal take on the late LN. He served in India for over 30 years as much more than just a missionary, although that would be enough. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by drdon