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The SCM Studyguide: Christian Mission explores the nature of Christian mission in contemporary post-modern society.
It presents a range of answers from the past as well as the present. It lays out some of the Biblical and doctrinal groundwork that is needed before looking for an answer. It examines the main historic types of mission in the Christian tradition, seeing how they were forged in the cross currents of history and how they continue to be expressed by different Christian communities today. It looks at contemporary social, economic and religious trends in society, global and local, listening to the signs of the times. It assesses different expressions of mission in the postmodern context, assessing how consistent they are with the underlying principles of Jesus' own mission in Galilee.
In all of this, it seeks to present resources that any student would need to work out their own understanding of the issues.
Part 1 Orientation
1. Mission in Crisis
2. Origins of a Word: Mission as Missio Dei
3. Digging Deeper: Mission as Participation in the Trinity
4. In Human Terms: The Prophetic Mission of Christ
Part 2 Types and Expressions
5. Filling the Ark: Apostolic Mission
Background: Jewish Christianity (c.40–100 ad)
Jewish-Christian apostolic mission
Case study: Paul’s calling
Some more recent expressions of the type: Protestant and Catholic
6. Radiating Eternal Truth: Hellenistic Orthodox Mission
Background: the rise of Platonic philosophy within Christianity
Christian mission within the Hellenistic paradigm
Case study: Antony of Egypt and the founding of monasticism
Some recent expressions of the type: Michael Ramsey’s theology and Taizé
7. Establishing Christendom: Medieval Catholic Mission
Background: the impact of Constantine and Augustine of Hippo
Mission within the medieval Catholic paradigm
Case study: Pope Gregory VII and Roman supremacy
Some other expressions of the type: the establishment of the Church of England
8. The Conversion of Souls: Protestant Reformation Mission
Background: Augustine’s awkward legacy and Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith
Mission within the Protestant Reformation paradigm
Case study: the awakening of John Wesley
Some recent expressions of the type: Pentecostalism
9. Building the Kingdom on Earth: Enlightenment Modern Mission
Background: the Enlightenment and Hegel
Mission within the Enlightenment modern paradigm
Case study: William Temple and the founding of the welfare state
Some recent expressions of the type: liberation theology and Faith in the City
10. Finding Hope in Local Communities: Mission within Postmodernity
Background: twentieth-century crisis and Karl Barth’s theology
Mission within postmodernity: Bonhoeffer’s legacy
Case study: Vincent Donovan and the Masai
Other recent expressions: the emerging church movement
Conclusion: Which Type of Mission?
Epilogue: The Coming of the Rains
Dr Stephen Spencer is Vice Principal of Yorkshire Ministry Course. He has extensive experience as a theological educator and parish priest and is the author of the SCM Studyguides for Anglicanism, Christian Mission and Church History.
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