New PDF release: About Face: Rethinking Face for 21st Century Mission

By Christopher L. Flanders

ISBN-10: 1608995232

ISBN-13: 9781608995233

"For Thais, face is a fact," writes Flanders. even though, "whether in theology, evangelism, or matters regarding sin, salvation, or atonement, Thai Christians and missionaries alike look both tired of or potentially incapable of addressing concerns on the topic of face. This obvious incongruity among the price of face for Thais and the inability of intentional engagement in the Thai Christian group is deeply troubling.
"Surely, this sort of loss of cautious realization to stand is a perilous posture. Uncritical perspectives of face, furtively attaching to the theology of the Thai church, are possibly harmful for its lifestyles and project. Such appears an unavoidable state of affairs with no right awareness to stand. also, to disregard face is to run the danger of lacking worthy cultural assets, implicit within the Thai event of face, for the serious job of genuine Thai theological reflection.
"This loss of engagement with face increases serious concerns with which we needs to combat. How is it that this type of principal sociocultural factor has no longer been a extra major a part of the Thai Christian vocabulary or adventure? How pervasive are those detrimental attitudes concerning face? What lies in the back of them? may possibly this loss of self-conscious engagement with face have any dating to the power Thai notion of Christianity as a international, Western faith? How should still Christians comprehend this proposal of face and the way it pertains to the methods we comprehend and proclaim the gospel?"

"Chris Flanders is a missiological theologian! In approximately Face, he demanding situations us to contemplate atonement as Theosis: God participated in our disgrace that we'd be glorified, allowing us to take part in His divine nature. The Western soreness over guilt, criminal acquittal for sin, and private detoxing of sins, Flanders asserts, is overseas to the Thai tradition and psyche. approximately Face offers a contextualized atonement for Asian (particularly Thai) contexts."
--Gailyn Van Rheenen
Facilitator of Church Planting
Mission Alive

"Missionaries have tended to have a damaging view of 'face' as anything that hinders other folks from accepting the gospel. Flanders argues, accurately i feel, that each society is worried approximately 'face' yet prioritize concerns another way. it is a clean standpoint and an important learn should you train and perform missiology."
--Michael A. Rynkiewich
Professor of Anthropology (Retired)
Asbury Seminary

"Reader, watch out. Flanders exposes a strategic region that actually stares expat missionaries and Thai Christians within the face but either conscientiously steer clear of. when you are looking to know the way thoughts of salvation combine with social constructs in Thai society there isn't any extra thorough research. approximately Face will problem readers and Christian practitioners east and west to imagine missiologically and be changed."
--Paul H. De Neui
Associate Professor of Intercultural reports and Missiology
North Park Theological Seminary

"In this research--integrating heritage, theology, and social science--Flanders leads his readers to a deeper realizing of 'Thai face' after which examines its relevance for gospel witness and a theology of atonement . . . This e-book is a severe theological paintings for either western and non-western undertaking leaders and students, and totally crucial for any missionary who seeks to paintings in a Buddhist/Confucian context."
--Sherwood Lingenfelter
Professor of Anthropology
Fuller Theological Seminary

Christopher Flanders is affiliate Professor of Missions at Abilene Christian college in Abilene, Texas. He additionally directs the Halbert Institute for Missions at ACU.

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