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The late Lesslie Newbigin was widely regarded as one of this generation'smost significant voices on Christianity in relation to modern society. Nowthat he is gone, there is a call for his unpublished writings to be madeavailable. To that end "Signs amid the Rubble gathers some of Newbigin'sfinest statements on issues of continuing relevance.The first set of chapters consists of the 1941Bangalore Lectures, in which Newbigin speaks powerfully of the kingdomof God in relation to the modern -- severely deficient -- idea of "progress." The second group of writings, the Henry Martyn Lectures of 1986, deals mainly with the importance of Christian mission. In the last piece, his address to the World Council of Churches conference on mission andevangelism in Brazil in 1996 -- which editor Geoffrey Wainwright calls his "swan song on the ecumenical stage" -- Newbigin wondersaloud how future generations will judge today's practice of abortion.
(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936. That same year Newbigin married Helen Henderson and the two of them left for India where he was to be missionary of the Church of Scotland. ýIn 1947 Reverend Newbigin was consecrated Bishop in the Church of South India, formed by the union of Angl