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Newbigin - his life, work and writing
Newbigin served for nearly forty years as a missionary in India from
1936 onwards. During this time he became deeply aware of the
application of tradition rather than gospel teaching in the process
of interpreting Christian faith to other cultures. He spent much time
examining the principles and problems involved in cross-cultural
communication of the gospel.
his return to Britain, he encouraged the Church in the West to
recognise its altered position from guiding force within traditional
society and structure and face the implications of the deepening
divide between secular thought and Christian practice. His central
conviction of the gospel as public truth challenged the sidelining of
Christian debate into solely personal issues and gave strength to
renewed discourse in many areas.
a minister in an inner-city area of Birmingham, Lesslie Newbigin was
also very active in international ecumenical organisations. He was a
prolific writer and lecturer, especially on missiology theory and
practice, up to his recent death.
To The Greeks"
The Gospel and Western Culture. By Lesslie
Newbigin, 1986, published by SPCK, ISBN: 0-281-04232-2
thoughtful and challenging look at the principles and problems
involved in a cross-cultural communication of the gospel, with
special emphasis on the social structures and political practices
dominated by materialism and modern science in the West.
Power: Christianity and Islam in a 'secular' Britain" (co-authored
with Jenny Taylor and Lamin Sanneh)
Wipf & Stock
For a full list of
many of Lesslie Newbigin's hard-to-find or previously unpublished
writings, in areas such as the theology of mission, ecumenism and the
gospel and our culture try www.newbigin.net
a CD-Rom version of a searchable database
of writings of Lesslie Newbigin, contact Revd. David Kettle (UK) at Newbigin.Net
details from : www.gospel-culture.org.uk/cd-rom.htm
of Christianity in Religious Education" can
be found in the 'Lesslie Newbigin Papers' held in care of the
Orchard Learning Resources Centre Information Services, University of
Birmingham, Hamilton Drive, Weoley Park Rd, Selly Oak, Birmingham,
B29 6QW (United Kingdom)
Books by Lesslie Newbigin:
Gospel in a Pluralist Society"
Grand Rapids, MI. Wm.B.Eerdmans
faith,doubt and certainty in Christian discipleship"
Grand Rapids, MI.
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