The Strange New Word of the Gospel
Re-evangelizing in the Postmodern WorldBook - 2002
This volume provides serious theological reflection on Christian missions within postmodern, post-Christian culture. Written by respected scholars representing the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions, these chapters point out elements of the gospel that will help the church speak effectively to contemporary society, particularly in the United States.
John Milbank examines the origins of postmodernity and suggests that belief in the incarnation will be accepted only when the church fully embraces (hetero)sexuality. Robert W. Jenson insists that the church must boldly uphold its distinctive beliefs in an otherwise pluralistic and relativistic age. David L. Schindler argues that our reductionist view of nature must be replaced with one that again sees God's presence in the world. R. R. Reno compares postmodernism's negation of truth claims to the weightless humanism of the Roman writer Petronius. Philip Turner maintains that Christians can effectively persuade others today only through their actions. Anthony Ugolnik believes that the gospel must now be de-familiarized in order to make it fresh once more. Todd E. Johnson traces the history of evangelism in America and locates a valid model for our time. Frank C. Senn questions the rise of the seeker service, defending instead a traditional liturgy that emphasizes the Trinity. Carl E. Braaten works to recover the full power of the church's missionary calling.
Suggesting startling approaches to Christian proclam