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Signs amid the Rubble: The Purposes of God in Human History


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The late Lesslie Newbigin was widely regarded as one of this generation's most significant voices on Christianity in relation to modern society. Now that he is gone, there is a call for his unpublished writings to be made available. To that end "Signs amid the Rubble" gathers some of Newbigin's finest statements on issues of continuing relevance. The first set of chapters consists of the 1941 Bangalore Lectures, in which Newbigin speaks powerfully of the kingdom of God in relation to the modern - severely deficient - idea of "progress." The second group of writings, the Henry Martyn Lectures of 1986, deals mainly with the importance of Christian mission. In the last piece, his address to the World Council of Churches conference on mission and evangelism in Brazil in 1996 - which editor Geoffrey Wainwright calls his "swan song on the ecumenical stage" - Newbigin wonders aloud how future generations will judge today's practice of abortion.
Ecumenicist Newbigin was widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most significant voices on Christianity and culture. Collected here are previously unpublished works of continuing relevance---his 1941 Bangalore Lectures on God's kingdom and modern "progress," his 1986 Henry Martyn Lectures dealing with Christian mission, and more. 121 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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