The Recovery of Mission

Beyond the Pluralist Paradigm

By Vinoth Ramachandra

The Recovery of Mission

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  • ISBN: 9781592440641
  • Pages: 308
  • Publication Date: 10/3/2002
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40
Web Price: $26.40

The Recovery of Mission

Beyond the Pluralist Paradigm

By Vinoth Ramachandra

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592440641
  • Pages: 308
  • Publication Date: 10/3/2002
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40

About-

In recent years the term "religious pluralism" has come to be used not only in a descriptive sociological sense but also as theologically prescriptive. Within this new paradigm, traditional Christian understandings of Christ, conversion, evangelism, and mission have been radically reinterpreted.

The Recovery of Mission explores the pluralist paradigm through the work of three of its most influential Asian exponents--Stanley Samartha, Alousius Pieris, and Raimundo Panikkar--subjecting each to a theological and philosophical critique. On the basis of biblical, patristic, and contemporary theological writings Vinoth Ramachandra argues for the uniqueness and decisiveness of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Ramachandra seeks to show that many of the valid concerns of pluralist theologians can best be met by reappropriating the missionary thrust at the heart of the gospel. The book ends with suggestions, challenging to pluralists and conservatives alike, as to how the gospel needs to be communicated in a multifaith world.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Here a scholarly Asian evangelical subjects Asian pluralists to critical scrutiny. Ramachandra's critique is painstaking yet respectful. His exposition of Scripture is always conscientious, and he keeps bringing us back to the Cross and the Resurrection. It will not be possible to ignore this ringing call for the recovery of mission."
--John Stott
author of Basic Christianity

"Ramachandra's proposal is based on an enviable familiarity with theological discourse, an irrefutable logic, and a deep sense of mission. This is the kind of textbook I have been looking for."
--J. Samuel Escobar
Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"It is refreshing to hear the critical and constructive voice of a Sri Lankan evangelical theologian assessing three major Asian theologians concerned with other religions. This book will be of interest to those in the West as well as to the Asian church out of which it comes."
--Gavin D'Costa
University of Bristol

Contributors-

Vinoth Ramachandra

Bio(s)-

Vinoth Ramachandra has served since 1987 as the South Asian regional secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, a global partnership of more than ninety autonomous national student movements. An Anglican lay preacher, he also has an expository and teaching ministry that spans many denominations.

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