Ancient Future: Faith (Ancient-future Series)
In this provocative work, Robert Webber contends that present-day evangelicalism is a product of modernity. Allegiance to modernity, he argues, must be relinquished to free evangelicals to become more consistently historic. This book paints a picture of evangelicalism's future by...
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In this provocative work, Robert Webber contends that present-day evangelicalism is a product of modernity. Allegiance to modernity, he argues, must be relinquished to free evangelicals to become more consistently historic. This book paints a picture of evangelicalism's future by showing how early church tradition provides the resources for answering today's postmodern generation. 256 pages, from Baker
Paints a picture of the evangelical faith\u2019s future by showing how early church tradition provides the resources for answering today\u2019s postmodern generation.
"The Agenda for Theology, which I attempted to set forth in 1979, is here being significantly extended by Robert Webber in 1999 in a way that is profoundly gratifying."--Thomas C. Oden, professor of theology, Drew University"With his customary lucidity and catholicity, but in a way that cuts deeper than his earlier writings, Robert Webber substantiates the vision of an anciently-rooted and forward-looking evangelicalism that marks all of his work. Ancient-Future Faith works as a narrative-oriented Christian primer and as a road map to the promise of catholic evangelicalism. For the theologically inclined, it also works as a Gadamerian exercise in the fusion of theological horizons, showing how the Christus Victor Christocentrism of ancient Christianity might reshape the faith that Christians live and claim in a postmodern context. Webber shows what it means to take seriously the character of Christian testimony as Christ-following church-formed story."--Gary Dorrien, author, The Remaking of Evangelical Theology"Evangelicalism is a vital spiritual movement but has lots of room to grow in the area of theological hermeneutics. Welcome therefore is this proposal from a senior and respected leader which draws half a dozen lessons from the early church to help evangelicals move forward into the future. Here is a faith for our time that finds in the ancient traditions the power to speak to the postmodern world. This book amounts to an introduction to Christianity from the theme of Christus Victor. It draws from Webber's own experience of growth as a hearer of God's Word and is backed up with an impressive set of end-notes, charts, and bibliography."--Clark H. Pinnock, professor of theology emeritus, McMaster Divinity College"'You can only think about the future of the faith after you have gone back to the classical tradition.' So writes Bob Webber in this book, and he has made his lifework the forward-looking appropriation of that unboundingly rich - and, most important, 'true' - generous orthodoxy. Many of us are already incalculably in his debt. Now, more than ever, with the culture wars of a dying modernity cutting deeper and more darkly into desperation and anger, all evangelicalism needs to hear him. Take up, read, pray and consider: in this direction lies the most hopeful future of our faith."--Rodney Clapp, senior editor, Prism
Robert E. Webber (1933-2007) was Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and served as the president of the Institute for Worship Studies. His many books include in five vomes in the Ancient-Future series: Faith; Evangelism, Divine Embrace, Time and Embrace, Worship is a Verb and The Younger Evangelicals.
- Preface<br>acknowledgments<br>part 1	setting The Stage<br>	1	paradigm Thinking<br>	2	from A Modern To A Postmodern Paradigm<br>	3	the Return To Classical Christianity<br>part 2	a Classical/postmodern Christ<br>	4	christ Within The Paradigms Of History<br>	5	christus Victor In The Apostolic Writings<br>	6	the Theology Of Recapitulation<br>	7	christ, The Center<br>part 3	a Classical/postmodern Church<br>	8	church Within The Paradigms Of History<br>	9	restoring The Theology Of The Church<br>	10	recovering Our Historical Connection<br>part 4	a Classical/postmodern Worship<br>	11	worship Within The Paradigms Of History<br>	12	recovering The Theology And Order Of Worship<br>	13	recovering Symbolic Communication<br>part 5	a Classical/postmodern Spirituality<br>	14	spirituality Within The Paradigms Of History<br>	15	classical Spirituality<br>	16	christian Spirituality In A Postmodern World<br>part 6	a Classical/postmodern Mission<br>	17	evangelism As Process<br>	18	education As Wisdom<br>	19	the Church In The World<br>appendix	a Classical/postmodern Authority<br>epilogue<br>notes<br>recommended Reading<br>index