Contextualization of the Gospel
Towards an Evangelical Approach in the Light of Scripture and the Church Fathers
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"This is an outstanding book. Andrew Prince's thesis is convincing, that both Scripture and the church fathers can help to shape our approach to contextualizing the gospel today. . . . Pastors, missionaries, teachers, anyone engaged in Christian mission will benefit from this accessible and welcome resource."
--Dean Flemming, MidAmerica Nazarene University
"Prince uses an old perspective to forge a new path in the contextualization discussion. His appeal to the church fathers is scholarly and creative; yet, he ultimately grounds his proposal on the Bible. Contextualization of the Gospel raises questions that need thoughtful answers."
--Jackson Wu, author of One Gospel for All Nations and Saving God's Face
"This book challenges us to restore the balance between Scripture, the wisdom and insights of the Church's early missionaries as Christianity grappled with other religions, and the more traditional tenets based on modern anthropology and practical theology."
--Wendy Mayer, Australian Lutheran College, University of Divinity
"Prince deftly guides us through the debates about missiology and contextualization, but warns that refusal to contextualize may equally foster syncretism. His fresh perspective offers a corrective to the traditional dependence on social sciences and practical theology, by demonstrating how the process can be governed by Scripture and nourished by the Church Fathers."
--Richard J. Gibson, Brisbane School of Theology
"Prince provides a significant contribution to the current contextualization discussion by grounding his analysis of contextualization in four sermons found in Acts and offering an important window into the insights of Chrysostom. While focused on materials from the early church, Prince provides important bridges to current issues and debates in contextualization and clearly demonstrates the continuing relevance of the church fathers."
--Scott Moreau, Wheaton College Graduate School