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.
“Religion is much too great and permanent an element in human experience to be swept out of sight,” writes Bishop Newbigin. “I want to ask what must be the religion of a Christian who accepts the process of secularization and lives fully in the kine of world into which God has led us.” His answer involves relating the universal fact of secularization to the biblical picture of the nature and destiny of man. It involves, too, some criticism of recent Christian responses to secularization – but the whole tone of this book is positive. The emphasis is on knowing God, being God’s people, and living of God in the midst of the secular.
Image Credit: From the cover of Newbigin’s book Unfinished Agenda: An Updated Autobiography [ Buy Now ]