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Evangelism after Christendom : The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness



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Most people think of evangelism as something an individual does--one person talking to one or more other people about the gospel. Bryan Stone, however, argues that evangelism is the duty and call of the entire church as a body of witness. Evangelism after Christendom explores what it means to understand and put to work evangelism as a rich practice of the church, grounding evangelism in the stories of Israel, Jesus, and the Apostles. This thorough treatment is marked by an astute sensitivity to the ways in which Christian evangelism has in the past been practiced violently, intentionally or unintentionally. Pointing to exemplars both Protestant and Catholic, Stone shows pastors, professors, and students how evangelism can work nonviolently.

Author Biography

Bryan Stone (PhD, Southern Methodist University) is E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at the Boston University School of Theology, where he is also cofounder and codirector of the Center for Practical Theology and founder of the Center for Congregational Research and Development. Stone has written books such as Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema, and served as editor for the Journal of Christian Theological Research.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reclaiming the E-wordp. 9
The "Practice" of Evangelismp. 23
Is Evangelism a Practice?p. 29
The Story of the People of Godp. 55
Israel and the Calling Forth of a Peoplep. 63
The Evangelistic Significance of Jesusp. 75
Apostolic Evangelism and the Genesis of the Churchp. 91
Rival Narratives, Subverted Evangelismp. 111
The Constantinian Storyp. 115
The Story of Modernityp. 131
The Evangelizing Communityp. 171
Evangelism and Ecclesiap. 175
Evangelism as a Practice of the Holy Spiritp. 223
Context and Conversionp. 257
Evangelism as a Virtuous Practicep. 277
Martyrdom and Virtuep. 279
Conclusion: Evangelism before a Watching Worldp. 313
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 333
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