The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth, and the Nature of Christian Community

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A Constructive Revision Of Trinitarian missio Dei theology, John Flett's Witness of God argues that the neglect of mission as a theological locus has harmful consequences for understanding both the nature of God's connection with the world and the corresponding nature of the Christian community. Flett maintains that mission/witness is an integral part of God's being, not a secondary characteristic, and contends that the church - if we truly seek to reflect the fullness of God's being - must reflect this truth by becoming a missionary community.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
A Problem of Godp. 1
Missio Dei: The Problem of God in Answer to the Problem of Church and Missionp. 4
Barth and the Origins of Missio Deip. 11
A Trinitarian Proposalp. 17
The Problem That Is Missio Deip. 35
Introductionp. 35
Sent by a Missionary Godp. 36
Oriented to the Kingdom of Godp. 51
Missionary by Her Very Naturep. 61
The Problem of Missio Deip. 76
German Missions and Dialectical Theology, 1928-1933p. 78
Introductionp. 78
Imperialism and Christianizationp. 80
The Missionary Reception of Dialectical Theologyp. 85
"Theology and Mission in the Present Situation"p. 105
Siegfried Knak and the Missionary Receptionp. 112
Barth's 1932 Lecture and Missio Dei Theologyp. 120
Tributaries to the IMC Willingen Conference, 1952p. 123
Introductionp. 123
Karl Hartenstein: Originator of Missio Deip. 124
The North American Report: "Why Missions?"p. 136
Willingen, 1952p. 150
The Competing Forms of Missio Dei Theologyp. 161
The Missionary Connectionp. 163
Introductionp. 163
The Ground of Missionp. 166
God Is God and the Creature the Creaturep. 180
The Missionary Endp. 195
The Trinity Is a Missionary Godp. 196
Introductionp. 196
God In and For Himself Is a Missionary Godp. 198
The Unity of the One Sonp. 211
The Witness of the Spiritp. 226
The Calling of Witnessp. 240
Introductionp. 241
Jesus Christ's Prophetic Existencep. 242
Life in the Promise of the Spiritp. 251
Apostolic Communityp. 262
Living in Service to God, She Is Sent in Service to the Worldp. 284
Missio Dei Revisitedp. 286
The Problem of Missio Deip. 286
Missio Dei Revisitedp. 287
Joyp. 295
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 319
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