Saturday, August 31, 2002

I'm often intrigued by the books of Carl Braaten & Robert Jenson. They've got a new book due out this fall from Eerdman's entitled The Strange New Word of the Gospel: Re-Evangelizing in the Postmodern World , that I can't wait to get my hands on. Here's an excerpt from the book's description:

John Milbank examines the origins of postmodernity and suggests that belief in the incarnation will be accepted only when the church fully embraces (hetero)sexuality. Robert W. Jenson insists that the church must boldly uphold its distinctive beliefs in an otherwise pluralistic and relativistic age. David L. Schindler argues that our reductionist view of nature must be replaced with one that again sees God's presence in the world. R. R. Reno compares postmodernism's negation of truth claims to the weightless humanism of the Roman writer Petronius. Philip Turner maintains that Christians can effectively persuade others today only through their actions. Anthony Ugolnik believes that the gospel must now be “de-familiarized” in order to make it fresh once more. Todd E. Johnson traces the history of evangelism in America and locates a valid model for our time. Frank C. Senn questions the rise of the “seeker service,” defending instead a traditional liturgy that emphasizes the Trinity. Carl E. Braaten works to recover the full power of the church's missionary calling.

Regarding the brief comments about Milbank's chapter brought to mind what I just read a couple of days ago about Peter Kreeft's new book How to Win the Culture War. Apparently Kreeft and Milbank (neither of whom are slouches) see sexuality as the most significant area in which the church must engage and evangelize/disciple the culture.

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