About Face: Rethinking Face for 21st Century Mission - download pdf or read online

By Christopher L. Flanders

ISBN-10: 1608995232

ISBN-13: 9781608995233

"For Thais, face is a fact," writes Flanders. in spite of the fact that, "whether in theology, evangelism, or matters related to sin, salvation, or atonement, Thai Christians and missionaries alike look both bored with or almost certainly incapable of addressing concerns regarding face. This evident incongruity among the price of face for Thais and the shortcoming of intentional engagement in the Thai Christian group is deeply troubling.
"Surely, this type of loss of cautious recognition to stand is a perilous posture. Uncritical perspectives of face, furtively attaching to the theology of the Thai church, are most likely unsafe for its existence and challenge. Such seems an unavoidable scenario with out right consciousness to stand. also, to disregard face is to run the chance of lacking necessary cultural assets, implicit within the Thai adventure of face, for the severe job of genuine Thai theological reflection.
"This loss of engagement with face increases serious matters with which we needs to strive against. How is it that this sort of valuable sociocultural factor has now not been a extra major a part of the Thai Christian vocabulary or event? How pervasive are those adverse attitudes concerning face? What lies in the back of them? may perhaps this loss of self-conscious engagement with face have any courting to the continual Thai belief of Christianity as a overseas, Western faith? How may still Christians comprehend this inspiration 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 would be glorified, allowing us to take part in His divine nature. The Western discomfort over guilt, felony acquittal for sin, and private detoxification of sins, Flanders asserts, is international to the Thai tradition and psyche. approximately Face presents a contextualized atonement for Asian (particularly Thai) contexts."
--Gailyn Van Rheenen
Facilitator of Church Planting
Mission Alive

"Missionaries have tended to have a unfavorable view of 'face' as anything that hinders people from accepting the gospel. Flanders argues, competently i believe, that each society is worried approximately 'face' yet prioritize matters otherwise. this can be a clean viewpoint and an important learn should you educate and perform missiology."
--Michael A. Rynkiewich
Professor of Anthropology (Retired)
Asbury Seminary

"Reader, pay attention. Flanders exposes a strategic quarter that actually stares expat missionaries and Thai Christians within the face but either rigorously keep away from. when you are looking to know how innovations of salvation combine with social constructs in Thai society there's no extra thorough learn. 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 historical past, theology, and social science--Flanders leads his readers to a deeper knowing of 'Thai face' after which examines its relevance for gospel witness and a theology of atonement . . . This publication 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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