How Does America Hear the Gospel?

How Does America Hear the Gospel?

by William A. Dyrness


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ISBN-13: 9780802804372
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/19/1989
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction: In Search of Theological Roots1
Reflections on Theological Education in Asia and America1
Theology and Culture7
Chapter 2How Does America Hear the Gospel?10
What Is "American"?13
What Has Christianity to Do with American Culture?15
How Do Gospel and Culture Interact?19
Christ in Culture or Christ against Culture?24
Chapter 3The Virgin Land29
From Wilderness to City: The Pilgrim's Progress30
The Puritans: A Home in the Wilderness31
Early to Bed and Early to Rise37
A University of the Marketplace: Pragmatism43
In Search of a "Practical" Gospel48
On the Move
In a Hurry
Use It Up
The Communication of the Gospel54
Christian Discipleship in the Virgin Land57
Chapter 4The American Dream61
The Puritan City of God62
The Revolution: Secular Events with a Sacred Telos66
The Revival Mentality69
Conclusion: Communicating the Gospel to Optimists75
Chapter 5The American Adam83
The Puritan Conversion Narrative84
The Rights of Man87
Nineteenth-Century "Perfectionism"89
Client-Centered Counseling93
Communicating the Gospel100
Prophetic Discipleship102
Chapter 6Forays into an American Gospel: Walter Rauschenbusch and Robert Schuller106
Walter Rauschenbusch: Prophet of the Social Gospel107
Rauschenbusch's Prophetic Discipleship113
Robert Schuller's Healing Gospel119
Schuller's Contextualized Message126
Chapter 7Conclusion131
The Virgin Land Is Not Pure132
The Dream Does Not Belong to Us134
The American Adam Is Fallen137
A Return to God and to Ourselves138
A Theological and Evangelistic Method for Americans143

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