Postmodernity, Friend or Foe? Communicating the Gospel to Postmodern People: Theological and Practical Reflections from Central and Eastern Europe

As the subtitle of this book indicates, this is a collection of essays exploring , from a theological and practical perspectives, the most efficient ways to communicate the gospel in the postmodern context. Two professors from ITP have contributed to this volume: dr. John Tipei and dr. Corneliu Constantineanu. John Tipei offered an essay on “Communicating the gospel to postmodernity: practical guidelines” in which he shows the challenges of communicating the Christian message in a postmodern context. He offers some practical guidelines on how the gospel should be presented to a postmodern audience. After a short description of postmodernism and the philosophical trends which led to its birth, the study continues with presenting those presuppositions of postmodernism which are relevant to the theme of communicating the gospel. A number of challenges posed by postmodernism for Christian proclamation are discussed together with some Christian responses to postmodernism. The final part of the article offers some tips on how to efficiently communicate the gospel today, without accommodating it to the taste and the views of a postmodern audience.Corneliu Constantineanu, in his contribution,  “Postmodernity, Religion and Human Flourishing” affirms that it is not just any kind of religiosity that is conducive to human flourishing. He places the argument in the context of the surprising return of the religious phenomenon as an important factor in the social arena and argues that in order to be effective and contribute to the human flourishing, religion has to enable a radically new way of living, i.e. to be embodied in concrete manifestations of forgiveness and reconciliation, of welcome, of hope and love. And for this to happen, it contends that we must find the appropriate resources within our own faith and traditions that will best enable us to live authentically with our fellow human beings. It further suggests that building the social dimension of reconciliation found in the writings of Apostle Paul can be a resource for churches in their social engagement. Alexandru Neagoe and Heleen Zorgdrager (editors.), Postmodernity, Friend or Foe? Communicating the Gospel to Postmodern People: Theological and Practical Reflections from Central and Eastern Europe. Utrecht/Timisoara: Mirton, 2009.

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