This important book is needed today. The challenges that Christian churches face have changed immensely in the last quarter-century. One of the central issues facing the churches everywhere in the world is their missionary presence in their nations and societies. The authors of this volume are among the world's leading missiological thinkers and represent major Christian traditions in Europe, Africa, and North America.
In this new century, the Christian church faces new situations that include, for example, the fall of communism; the globalization of culture; cultural and religious minorities and multiple religious majorities in nearly every country; ethnic and interreligious tensions; relativism and individualism in Western culture; the rise of a global impact of a postmodern world view; poverty in poor countries and in urban areas in wealthy countries; and the decline of Western cultural authority and, with notable exceptions, of religious authority generally. This book speaks of ways in which Christian churches are seeking to respond to these challenges. The purpose of this book is to describe some of the main challenges facing the churches in mission today, particularly with reference to inter-religious conversations all over the world. The title of this volume has been derived from the theme of the 24th General Assembly of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) at Accra in August, 2004 whose theme is, "That All May Have Life in Fullness."
1 Editors: Introduction Part I The Challenge of a Secular and Plural Culture 2 Gerald H. ANDERSON: "You are the Messiah!" 3 Roger S. GREENWAY: Evangelists: Rediscovering a Lost Gift 4 Henry JANSEN: A Contemporary Window to Eternity: Christian Faith and the Search for Meaning in Contemporary Secularized Culture 5 Andre F. DROOGERS: Changing Culture and the Missiological Mission 6 Hendrik M. VROOM: Bricolage and Fullness: On Multiple Participation Part II The Challenges of Contextualization and Liberation 7 John MBITI: Dialogue Between Eatwot and Western Theologians: A Comment on the 6th Eatwot Conference in Geneva 1983 8 Marc SPINDLER: The Sweetness of Life in Madagascar: A Theological Debate 9 Frans J. VERSTRAELEN: Intra-Religious Religiosity Of Christian Africans And Its Significance For Christianity In Europe 10 Anne-Marie KOOL: The Effect of Liberation on the Missionary Calling of the Churches in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe Part III THE CHALLENGE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM 11 Jan van BUTSELAAR: Religious Freedom and Christian Mission 12 Jan A.B. JONGENEEL: Apostasy Part IV THE CHALLENGE OF RECONCILIATION 13 Robert J. SCHREITER: Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Twenty-First Century Mission 14 Piet MEIRING: Reconciliation in South Africa: Women's Voices at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Part V THE CHALLENGE OF INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE 15 Arnulf CAMPS O.F.M.: Do the Three Jesuits, Jerome Xavier, Matteo Ricci, and oberto de Nobili, still have a say in our Missiology? 16 Willi HENKEL O.M.I.: Directions in Vatican Documents on Interreligious Dialogue 17 Kenneth CRACKNELL: Dialogue is Evangelism, Evangelism is Dialogue 18 Karel STEENBRINK: Indonesian Muslims And The North-American West 19 Rein FERNHOUT: Khitthassa punnena mutti : An Attempt to Translate Protestant Christianity into the Language of Theravada Buddhism Part VI THE CHALLENGE OF ECUMENICAL RELATIONS 20 Inus L. DANEEL: Liberative Ecumenism at the African Grassroot 21 Wilbert R. SHENK: "Go Slow Trough Uyo": A Case Study of Dialogue as Missionary Method List of Selected Publications By Jerald D. Gort Personalia Index Of Names Index Of Subjects