As we conclude this survey of Church history which began nearly two years ago, it’s a good idea to ask ourselves what we’ve learned from our past. The events and philosophies we are seeing today are profoundly influenced by a wide variety of historical and cultural elements. We are not in a vacuum. How are we going to approach the future? How do we identify appropriate goals and the activities which might reach those goals? Are the God’s goals as described in the Scripture?
Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day. Revised and Updated ed. Vol. 2. New York: HarperCollins, 2010b. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 38, “Epilogue: A Global History” Loc. 8201-8288.
Gonzalez observes that with recent developments in Christianity the landscape of Christian doctrine and mission has been changed a great deal (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 8206). There are now many different centers for Christianity (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 8022). Views of theological orthodoxy have changed and diversified as well (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 8029). The prevailing postmodern philosophies present many challenges to the way Christian truth will be articulated (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 8244). Gonzalez suggests that the discourse of Christians will need to take on a more globalized tone to reach the world (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 8266).
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