New PDF release: About Face: Rethinking Face for 21st Century Mission

By Christopher L. Flanders

"For Thais, face is a fact," writes Flanders. despite the fact that, "whether in theology, evangelism, or concerns related to sin, salvation, or atonement, Thai Christians and missionaries alike look both bored with or in all probability incapable of addressing matters relating to face. This obtrusive incongruity among the price of face for Thais and the shortcoming of intentional engagement in the Thai Christian group is deeply troubling.
"Surely, this kind of loss of cautious consciousness to stand is a deadly posture. Uncritical perspectives of face, furtively attaching to the theology of the Thai church, are in all likelihood dangerous for its existence and challenge. Such looks an unavoidable scenario with out right cognizance to stand. also, to disregard face is to run the chance of lacking worthy cultural assets, implicit within the Thai adventure of face, for the severe activity of real Thai theological reflection.
"This loss of engagement with face increases serious concerns with which we needs to combat. How is it that one of these relevant sociocultural factor has no longer been a extra major a part of the Thai Christian vocabulary or adventure? How pervasive are those unfavourable attitudes relating to face? What lies in the back of them? may possibly this loss of self-conscious engagement with face have any courting to the power Thai belief of Christianity as a international, Western faith? How may still Christians comprehend this idea 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'd be glorified, permitting us to take part in His divine nature. The Western soreness over guilt, felony acquittal for sin, and private detoxification of sins, Flanders asserts, is overseas to the Thai tradition and psyche. approximately Face offers 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 folks from accepting the gospel. Flanders argues, effectively i feel, that each society is worried approximately 'face' yet prioritize concerns in a different way. it is a clean standpoint and an important learn if you train 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 steer clear of. while you are looking to know how techniques of salvation combine with social constructs in Thai society there isn't any extra thorough research. 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 background, theology, and social science--Flanders leads his readers to a deeper figuring out of 'Thai face' after which examines its relevance for gospel witness and a theology of atonement . . . This booklet is a severe theological paintings for either western and non-western challenge leaders and students, and completely 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 collage in Abilene, Texas. He additionally directs the Halbert Institute for Missions at ACU.

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