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Christianity Encountering World Religions

Paperback|Apr 2009
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Given the unique religious climate of the twenty-first century and the challenges to Christian mission it poses, Christianity Encountering World Religions proposes a new, albeit very biblical, model for mission. Specifically, it is a model for interacting with people of...


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Given the unique religious climate of the twenty-first century and the challenges to Christian mission it poses, Christianity Encountering World Religions proposes a new, albeit very biblical, model for mission. Specifically, it is a model for interacting with people of other faiths. The authors term this model giftive mission, as it is based on the metaphor of free gift. They suggest that seeing mission activity through the lens of giving the greatest gift possible--the gospel message--not only has the potential for greater missionary success but also enables us to more closely imitate God's gracious activity in the world.
The book begins by addressing preliminary matters: the current state of religion, the biblical material, and the presuppositions readers bring to the subject. Part 2 explores eleven practices that constitute giftive mission. Each practice is illustrated through the story of a figure from mission history who embodied that practice. Part 3 addresses method: how to apply the eleven practices in specific cultural and religious settings. The concluding section of the book ties all the prior discussion together and presents a compelling case and vision for giftive mission. Mission scholars, students, and practitioners will benefit greatly from this probing study.
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A Relational Model for Interacting with People of Other FaithsGiven the unique religious climate of the twenty-first century and the challenges to Christian mission it poses, Christianity Encountering World Religions proposes a new and biblical model for interacting with people of other faiths. The authors term this model giftive mission, since it is based on the metaphor of free gift. They suggest that seeing mission activity as giving the greatest gift possible--the gospel message--not only has the potential for greater missionary success but also enables us to more closely imitate God's gracious activity in the world."Finally we have in a single volume a sustained, creative, and approachable argument describing how Christians should think about their relations with people of other faiths. There is neither a more important issue in missiology today nor a better presentation of the material in a constructive piece. The authors lucidly lay out the various positions and approaches, but they also clearly spell out their own commitments. I now have a book to point to and say, 'Read this, and then we can talk about Christian life and responsibility in a religiously plural world.'"--Scott W. Sunquist, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary"In an era when Christians are frustrated by the devotion of whole peoples to religions that are fiercely resistant to gospel missions, this book will come as a bold and liberating proposal for both mission theorists and practitioners. Professors Muck and Adeney draw from decades of experience and scholarship to construct a model based on imitatio Christi and missio Dei. Perhaps the most helpful feature of this book is its expert use of stories from twenty centuries of missions to illustrate, in fascinating detail, 'giftive mission.'"--Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College
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The current religious climate poses unique challenges to those engaged in mission. Thus the authors of this book propose a new, yet very biblical, model for interacting with people of other faiths. They term this model giftive mission, as it is based on the metaphor of free gift. We bear the greatest gift possible--the gospel message. Adopting this perspective not only has the potential for greater missionary success but also enables us to more closely imitate God's gracious activity in the world. The core of the book explores eleven practices that characterize giftive mission. Each practice is illustrated through the story of a figure from mission history who embodied that practice. Further discussion shows how to incorporate these practices in specific mission settings.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 278052
  • Product Code 9780801026607
  • ISBN 0801026601
  • EAN 9780801026607
  • Pages 408
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Apr 2009
  • Sales Rank 60122
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 111mm
  • Weight 0.659kg

Terry C Muck

Terry Muck (PhD, Northwestern University) is professor of missions and world religions at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of nine books, including Ministry and Theology in Global Perspective: Contemporary Challenges for the Church, The Mysterious Beyond: A Basic Guide to Studying Religion, Those Other Religions in Your Neighborhood: Loving Your Neighbor When You Don't Know How and Christians Talk About Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk About Christian Prayer.

Frances Adeney (Ed)

Frances Adeney (Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union) is William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has authored and/or contributed to many books, including Teaching Mission in a Global Context and Gospel Bearers; Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century and Encountering the World's Religions . Most recently she has produced Graceful Evangelism: Christian Witness in a Complex World

  • Introduction <br>part 1: Context, Text, And Pre-texts<br>1. The Context Of World Religion Today <br>2. Text: What The Bible Says<br>3. Pre-texts: Theology And Personality<br>part 2: Practices: Beyond Competition And Cooperation<br>4. Universality: Reaching Out To All, Including Christians<br>5. Fellowship: Belonging Precedes Believing<br>6. Localization: Focusing On Questions And Concerns Of The Local Community<br>7. Commitment: Holding Ideas With Conviction; Acting Decisively On Those Ideas; Not Letting Those Ideas Be Divisive<br>8. Freedom: Honoring The Principle Of Religious Choice As Free And Uncoerced<br>9. Effectiveness: Allowing The Context To Determine The Form Of Witness<br>10. Consistency: Striving For Consistency Between Methods And Goals<br>11. Variety: Communicating The Gospel In Many Forms, Verbal And Nonverbal<br>12. Respect: Not Disparaging Others In Order To Champion Your Own; Not Disparaging Your Own In Order To Respect Others<br>13. Charity: Loving Those To Whom We Witness<br>14. Missional Ecumenicity: Practicing Mission As The Joint Project Of The Church, Not An Occasion For Competition<br>15. Jesus, Mission Innovator: Jesus' Model Of Giftive Mission<br>part 3: Method: How Do We Do It?<br>16. The Spiral Of Knowledge Acquisition: Learning About New Cultures And New Religions<br>17. Experiencing: The Influence Of Our Personal Histories<br>18. Bracketing: Putting Convictions On Hold<br>19. Encountering: Learning From A New Culture And Religion<br>20. Evaluating: Appraising The New Culture And Religion From Our Christian Point Of View<br>21. Integrating: Reshaping Our Own Views And Mission Practices Part 4: Giftive Mission<br>22. Metaphors For Mission<br>23. The Four Gifts<br>24. Giftive Mission<br>appendix A: Biblical Inter-religious Encounters<br>appendix B: Inter-religious Encounter Mode Instrument<br>reference List<br>scripture Index<br>subject Index