oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The gospel and Western culture: On the ideas of Lesslie Newbigin

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



An outline of Newbigin's career leads into a discussion of his challenge to the church to engage with the modern science-based culture of the West, evaluating the latter in terms of a contemporary biblically-based world-view. Thus can the Church begin to see the gospel as 'public truth', affecting all areas of public life if its members are equipped for the engagement, for the gospel can form the heart of a metaphysical scheme of the widest rationality and greatest explanatory power. His approach is compared briefly with ideas of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Konrad Raiser.

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