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THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People by Kieran Beville

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Publishing House (February 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692637680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692637685
  • Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"


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Book Description

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded as the start of a major historical transition to something new and promising and hailed as a major paradigm shift. Is it a philosophy that has passed its "sell-by" date? No! The radical fringe has become the dominant view and has been integrated into all aspects of life, including the Christian church. With the emergence of multicultural societies comes interaction with different belief systems and religions. Values like tolerance and a dislike of dogmatism have become key operating concepts, which reflect a change in worldview. This change is affecting every area of life, including the way we believe and what we believe. The effects are far-reaching. Postmodernism presents new challenges and opportunities for Christians. In this book Kieran Beville presents Postmodernism as a quest for significance, meaning and belonging and outlines evangelistic strategies for reaching Postmodern people with the abiding good news of the gospel.


Author Biography

Pastor Kieran Beville (D.Litt, Ph.D, BA, PGDE) is Pastor of Lee Valley Bible Church (Baptist), Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland and Visiting Professor of Intercultural Studies and Practical Ministry at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, Netherlands. He has written several books and numerous articles and he has taught intensive courses in Theology and Biblical Studies on leadership training programs in Eastern Europe, the Middle-East and India. He has spoken at conferences on the themes of “Mission”, “Preaching” and “Postmodernism.”


Endorsements

Among its other strengths, this book is actually a good read, which I find to be a very pleasant surprise for a book on so complex a subject. It is also an important book because Postmodernism still plays a large role in our society, whether we continue to hear about it as a worldview or not. For a long time Christians used the term to refer to all that was evil in society, without really understanding what Postmodernism was ~ and is. Now, Beville takes us by the hand and guides us through a historical explanation of it, citing all the right spokespersons of the movement. Then, he explains to us how to relate to and reach Postmoderns on their own terms. In the process, he points out pitfalls for the church to avoid. I especially like his distinction between contextualization and syncretism: as Christians, we have to relate and be sensitive to Postmoderns without compromising our own belief system. The wealth of background material on Postmodernism in the book should be very helpful in differentiating the good from the bad in practice. Indeed, I can see Beville's book serving as an all-in-one manual or handbook for dealing with Postmodernism. That is quite an accomplishment for a book slightly over 200 pages, including a helpful bibliography for further reading on the subject.

Dr. Don Wilkins was the senior translator for the New American Standard Bible (NASB). He has a Th.M. in New Testament Languages from Talbot Seminary, Los Angeles, California and a Ph.D. from UCLA, in Classics. He also has a M.A. from UCLA and a M.Div. from Talbot. He has taught Greek at college level and beginning and intermediate level at Talbot, mostly college for about 20 years. Dr. Wilkins has worked in Bible research at The Lockman Foundation on and off since the early 1970s and has been Scholar in Residence there for 12 years.


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