Different Schools Of Thought On The Gospel And Culture

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There has always been different schools of thought on how to deal with culture, church, and communications as it relates to the gospel. In 1974 a committee of sorts was assembled to tackle just that. It was called the Lausanne Congress, and its purpose was to meet and discuss world evangelizations. Through that meeting in 1978 the Lausannes Committee’s Theological and Education group which comprised of 33 theologians, linguists, missionaries, anthropologists, and pastors convened to establish some sort of frame work the would serve as a model revolving around the topic of gospel and culture. This article critique will look at the Lausanne Occasional Paper 2 of the Willowbank Report which addresses the Consultation of the Gospel and Culture. THE KEY ELEMENTS OF THE WILLOWBANK REPORT The Willowbank report starts off with an introduction. This introduction tells the reader of the goal of the report. It states the goal of the report are as follows: 1. To develop our understanding of the interrelation of the gospel and culture with special reference to God’s revelation, to our interpretation and communication of it, and to the response of the hearers in their conversion, their churches and their life style. 2. To reflect critically on the implications of the communication of the gospel cross-culturally. 3. To identify the tools required for more adequate communication of the gospel. 4. To share the fruits of the consultation with Christian leaders in Church and mission
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