Summary Of The Contextualization Debate

The International Journal of Frontiers Missiology (IJFM) and St Francis Magazine continue to offer a variety of articles debating the pros and cons of ‘new paths in Muslim evangelism’. In the years since Phil Parshall’s book was first published (1980) there has been an explosion of new ideas and new approaches. Just getting one’s head round the terminology is a challenge. While this creative thinking is to be welcomed, it has raised a good deal of controversy. The controversy in turn asks some fundamental questions about what the gospel really implies. What is salvation? What are we saved from and what is the basis of our hope? In addition, what is the Church and what does it mean to be a member of the Church?

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