Lesslie Newbigin – Introductory Reading Guide

December 7, 2017 — Leave a comment


Tomorrow (December 8th) marks the birthday of the most important missiologists, Lesslie Newbigin.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

5. Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth (Osterhaven Lecture)

An important book for all who are concerned with the impact of Christianity on today’s world, Truth to Tell affirms the gospel as the truth — not only for personal life but also for life at the public, societal level.

In emphasizing the Christian gospel as the truth that calls for radical conversion, Lesslie Newbigin runs counter to the prevailing subjectivism and skepticism in our society regarding the possibility of knowing ultimate truth. Societies like ours that have undergone “modernization” tend to regard the world’s religions as agencies for the cultivation of privately held religious opinions — agencies that can be studied with the tools of sociology, psychology, and other secular disciplines.




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Image Credit: From the cover of Newbigin’s book Unfinished Agenda: An Updated Autobiography Buy Now ]