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The Gospel in a Pluralist Society Paperback – October 30, 1989
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Newbiggin develops his thoughts by showing why and how a Christian message can be conveyed and understood in a pluralist society. He first shows how a pluralistic understanding views religion in general. Coming from an Indian perspective he has an excellent understanding of this. Pluralist societies tend to be religious, accepting the transcendent as something which is greater than one single philosophy can grasp hold of. Yet, Newbiggin approaches this directly, asking "why?" What makes a person know that the transcendent is greater than one religion? He challenges the view by showing that those who claim this are asserting a source of knowledge on their own, establishing for themselves a point of reference which they deny to others. In addition, Newbiggin shows the now common fallacies which are involved in a true pluralistic view. A person can not be a pluralist in a math class. Thus, there are accepted areas in which Truth can be established. The role now before us is to show, and proclaim, that religion can be this area, and that Christianity is this truth.Read more ›
However, evangelism can best be served, he argues, by the living witness of a community of Christians and by the activism of ordained ministers to help guide and teach this community. Jesus formed a community, he says, and the best way to witness is simply by being an active part of a flourishing community that praises, has truth, is involved with the neighborhood, where people are sustained to minister to the world, that is responsible, and that has hope. We are not called to defend the faith but instead to simply witness.
Another answer to the increasingly hostile view of many towards Christianity can be found in dialogue. New begin argues that true dialogue serves as a "starting point in our relation to people of other faiths." (180) All humans share the same need to answer the question "Why?" and he believes that dialogue can open the doors to a renewed sense of spirituality because it involves the telling of the story of Jesus. Of course to have true dialogue we must also listen to those we are conversing with, but instead of seeing this as something fearful that could possibly cause us to lose faith we should instead look upon it as an opportunity to check our own biases.Read more ›
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Excellent! Describes faith from God's point of view. Newbigin expresses the challenges our faith faces. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hope
Great insight on how our Christian beliefs should direct our interactions with others. It really helped me feel more comfortable that some of the suggested ways to interact (that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alice Davenport
Yes, I love this book! Newbigin was a deep thinker who was excellent at presenting his ideas. If you are a Christ follower who is looking for ways to improve how you talk about... Read morePublished 7 months ago by GA Williams
This book gives very good perspectives on the pluralist society and what it means for the church. I highly recommend this one!Published 7 months ago by Aaron Wong
This was a really solid read that dry Christian will benefit from. Especially in today's world. The temptation now is to retreat or fear. Read morePublished 8 months ago by magikmm
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Excellent book. Should be in everybody's library.Published 10 months ago by K. A. Bailey
Unfortunately I am not a PHD. Nevertheless it is written with few 4 syllable words. Great apologetic.Published 10 months ago by George Franklin