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Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth

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An important book for all who are concerned with the impact of Christianity on today's world, Truth To Tell affirms the gospel as the truth - not only for personal life but also for life at the public, societal level.

In emphasizing the Christian gospel as the truth that calls for radical conversion, Lesslie Newbigin runs counter to the prevailing subjectivism and skeptici

Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 9th 1991 by Eerdmans (first published September 19th 1991)
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Frank Peters
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
The objective of the book is well summarised in the title: Christians (that is followers of Jesus) have truth to tell to the world. But, what is truth? Thus Newbigin proceed to discuss the history of truth, and how with God’s help the church has adapted with society and has consistently been able to teach truth, even when the societies philosophical foundations are crumbling. After Descartes, the idea of any truth disappeared from much of society, only being retained in the scientific community. ...more
Andrew Bondurant
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The timeliness of this book book written 30 years about to address then current cultural issues speaks to the power of the truth contained in this brief book. The gospel truth is foundational, and a public truth that serves as the light to evaluate truth claims in our world. Such a simple concept seems as if it would have been a challenge 30 years ago when it was published, and yet is just as challenging for the church today. Let’s be a church who rightly speaks truth to Caesar.
Terry Watson
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Newbigin brings such clarity to the question of how the Church is to act as an ethical voice in today's world and at the same time avoid becoming mired in single issues. Remarkably relevant in a week consumed with DACA. ...more
Eric Keel
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The Gospel as Public Truth...absolutely!
The opinion that we should embrace both a fundamentalist and liberal view of political engagement...not so much.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. It does what all good books do--it made me think in a different way. Certain things I've been struggling with (faith and how it fits in with the present) now make more sense, or at least I have a stronger foundation upon which to wrestle with my pondering. It's a quick read, but packed full of really good, deep stuff. ...more
Dayo Adewoye
A short but enlightening book on the epistemological significance of Christianity. Christianity is not just private truth (my own truth), rather it is universal truth(everyone's truth). Its principles are equally applicable to the public sphere as they are to individuals. ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
no better small book to inform how to contend for the faith today
Leroy Seat
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a fine little book of three lectures the author gave at Western Seminary. I found things in it I will be able to use in the book I am writing, "The Limits of Liberalism." ...more
Matthew Bakker
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've got to read more of this guy's books. ...more
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Bishop James Edward Lesslie Newbigin was a British theologian, missiologist, missionary and author. Though originally ordained within the Church of Scotland, Newbigin spent much of his career serving as a missionary in India and became affiliated with the Church of South India and the United Reformed Church, becoming one of the Church of South India's first bishops. A prolific author who wrote on ...more

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