The challenge we wish to bring in this book is not merely that Christianity is a non-Western religion because historically its origins are in Asia; nor just that non-Western Christianities should be taken more seriously by theologians and scholars of Christianity because Christianity’s numerical strength now lies in the global South. What we argue is that all aspects of Christian studies, including church history, theology, inter-religious and societal relations, must be reshaped and revised in light of the nature of Christianity as a world religion.
In short, believing men and women are called to tell the world in which they live that God is loving and merciful and that He gives deliverance from sin and death to all who in faith surrender to Christ.
Imagine a little dark-skinned baby born to an unmarried peasant girl named Mary. Impregnated under odd circumstances, Mary had already resisted any potential temptation to terminate her pregnancy. Then, shortly after the baby’s birth, his poor, dark-skinned mom and stepdad were warned to flee as refugees to Egypt because of Herod’s threat of infanticide.
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An interesting and encouraging book from an historically important author.
Generally, sometime in the spring, I start a book review with the words, this may just be the best book that I read all year. This is that point for 2020. IVP has provided me with a pre-publication pdf of Biblical Theology According to the Apostles: How The Earliest Christians Told The Story Of Israel […]
The thing about this book is that it is completely novel. You won’t find discussion of persons, essences or hypostases. It takes an approach to the Trinity which is rooted in Biblical theology rather than in dogmatics.
It is a very honest book, at times brutally so. It does not shy away from the fact that we are facing a deadly disease that will kill people and that some readers will face a lonely death or bereavement. However, the book also brings hope, by clearly pointing us to the one who has overcome death who brings hope beyond this current age.
The importance of this book lies in the way that it clearly demonstrates that thoughtful theological reflection from other cultural standpoints can enrich the Western tradition that we take as being normal. The writings of the Fathers, the Reformers or whoever your choice theologians are is not the end of the story. There is much to be learned from people who come to the biblical text asking different questions and gaining new insights. Read this book and have your horizons stretched.
I may read a better book this year, but I will be surprised if I do.