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The Celtic Way of Evangelism, Tenth Anniversary Edition: How Christianity Can Reach the West . . .Again Paperback – October 1, 2010
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George Hunter III imaginatively applies what he takes to be the major themes of the Celtic Christianity practiced in the British Isles between the fifth and tenth centuries to the situation facing churches in the secularised western world today. --Ian Bradley, University of St Andrews
Dr. Hunter has written a rare manuscript in that it is both informative and interesting reading. Those of us who take the Great Commission seriously will learn from this scholarly effort why the old methods of evangelizing no longer work. --William H. Hinson, First United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas
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- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1426711379
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426711374
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.38 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Abingdon Press; 10th Revised edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hunter focused on the un-churched in a significant way. Unbinding hinted at it in some words to the effect that we as church people do not relate to the un-churched and do not understand them – and who after all are the audience for evangelism. He is more specific in his description with some of the following adjectives:
Peer driven, right brained, neo-barbarian, lacked the etiquette, the refinement, the class, and the other traits of “civilized people”, looking for life in all the wrong places…
His thesis is that the Irish of Patrick’s time were exactly the same and the same kind of approach that he (Patrick) used will be successful today. He speaks about the need for spirituality:
• Many church leaders have discovered an interest in Celtic spirituality because the spiritual formation crisis in the majority of active church members has become undeniable.
• The faith that is in many church attendees is as much American folk religion as Christianity… “What’s in it for me”
• So there is more interest today in the spiritual formation of the people of God than at any other time anyone can remember.
He then speaks to the "monastic communities" which he credits as the catalysts for successfully connecting with the Irish pagans:
The community incorporated:
• Voluntary periods of solitude.
• Having a “soul friend” with whom one had an intimate spiritual relationship.
• Small groups
• Common life, meals, work, learning, biblical recitation, prayers, ministries, worship
• Gaining experience ministry and witness, experiencing God’s presence, helping find spiritual vocation (gifts?)
• Frequent imaginative prayer in all settings
My major take from this book is that we need to understand that those who have not been part of the church community are understandably "different". He believes that we need to reach out to the un-churched with ideas like the following guiding principles:
• When the people know that the Christians understand them, they infer that maybe Christianity’s High God understands them.
• We need to address the middle level issues of life, not the basics or the transcendent. “Many people live much of their life anxious about the near future, the crises of their present live, and even the unknowns of the past. To be specific, the mother whose son faces a court trial, the laid-off father who cannot make the mortgage payment, the teen who experiences new hormones…
• The Celtic Christians “Christian faith and community addressed life as a whole” and did it well. “ It helped common people live and cope as Christians day by day in the face of poverty, enemies, evil forces, nature’s uncertainties, and frequent threats from many quarters.”
I see this as a supplement to Unbinding the Gospel with the same major themes but with a real emphasis on understanding the needs of those who are not part of the faith community.
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