Mission, Postmodernity and Apologetics
The late British missiologist Lesslie Newbigin made a profound impact on many evangelicals. His prophetical call to mission in the West was accompanied by a penetrating analysis of modernity and a rejection of apologetics. This workshop offers a critical engagement with Newbigin's thinking and seeks to identify a more adequate response to the challenges of (post)modernity.
I. Introduction to Lesslie Newbigin
- Short biography
- Newbigin's diagnosis of Western culture 'plausibility structures'
influence of Enlightenment ideas; loss of teleology; the fact-value dichotomy; secularization
- Newbigin's remedy
The Church as the 'hermeneutic of the Gospel'
- Newbigin's apologetics
Rejection of classical apologetics
II. Appraisal and critique
- Newbigin's cultural analysis
- Newbigin's epistemology
- Newbigin's vision for the church