Thursday, April 19, 2007

Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine & Aquinas

I've been reading up a lot on the missional movement and find it fascinating. What is surprising to me is that no one has mentioned the book "Engaging Unbelief: A Captivating Strategy from Augustine & Aquinas" by Curtis Chang, Intervarsity Press, 2000.

Chang shows how Augustine and Aquinas both provide relevant templates for apologetics and evangelism that have tremendous application for the Christian church in the West today.

Augustine's "City of God" was written, among other things, to address the Post-Christian Society of Rome, while Aquinas' "Summa Contra Gentiles" was written to engage religious pluralism, specifically Islam just prior to the Crusades.

The conclusion includes invaluable Legacies and Lessons and the appendix is a Missions application.

There are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many parallels all through this thing. I highly recommend it and hope that it will find its way to the missional reading lists or at least have some contribution to our discussions. Especially since most of the fears of addressing the Post-modern, post-christian, post-evangelical culture are connected to a loss of traditionalism. I would say that Augustine and Aquinas are pretty traditional. In any case, if people read this blog.... seriously take a look at the link to the book on Amazon. You can read 20 or 30 pages before you decide to buy it.

Caio. (I hope the aggregates and feeds on blogspot will start working again soon.)

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