By Christopher L. Flanders
"Surely, this sort of loss of cautious awareness to stand is a deadly posture. Uncritical perspectives of face, furtively attaching to the theology of the Thai church, are in all probability damaging for its existence and project. Such looks an unavoidable state of affairs with out right consciousness to stand. also, to disregard face is to run the chance of lacking worthwhile cultural assets, implicit within the Thai event of face, for the severe activity of genuine Thai theological reflection.
"This loss of engagement with face increases severe matters with which we needs to strive against. How is it that this kind of relevant sociocultural factor has now not been a extra major a part of the Thai Christian vocabulary or event? How pervasive are those detrimental attitudes concerning face? What lies in the back of them? may this loss of self-conscious engagement with face have any dating to the power Thai conception of Christianity as a international, Western faith? How may still Christians comprehend this suggestion of face and the way it pertains to the methods we comprehend and proclaim the gospel?"
"Chris Flanders is a missiological theologian! In approximately Face, he demanding situations us to consider atonement as Theosis: God participated in our disgrace that we would be glorified, allowing us to take part in His divine nature. The Western agony over guilt, felony acquittal for sin, and private detoxing of sins, Flanders asserts, is international to the Thai tradition and psyche. approximately Face offers a contextualized atonement for Asian (particularly Thai) contexts."
--Gailyn Van Rheenen
Facilitator of Church Planting
"Missionaries have tended to have a damaging view of 'face' as anything that hinders folks from accepting the gospel. Flanders argues, accurately i believe, that each society is worried approximately 'face' yet prioritize concerns otherwise. it is a clean standpoint and an important learn when you train and perform missiology."
--Michael A. Rynkiewich
Professor of Anthropology (Retired)
"Reader, watch out. Flanders exposes a strategic quarter that actually stares expat missionaries and Thai Christians within the face but either conscientiously steer clear of. when you are trying to know the way thoughts of salvation combine with social constructs in Thai society there is not any extra thorough examine. approximately Face will problem readers and Christian practitioners east and west to imagine missiologically and be changed."
--Paul H. De Neui
Associate Professor of Intercultural experiences and Missiology
North Park Theological Seminary
"In this research--integrating background, theology, and social science--Flanders leads his readers to a deeper knowing of 'Thai face' after which examines its relevance for gospel witness and a theology of atonement . . . This e-book is a serious theological paintings for either western and non-western project leaders and students, and completely crucial for any missionary who seeks to paintings in a Buddhist/Confucian context."
Professor of Anthropology
Fuller Theological Seminary
Christopher Flanders is affiliate Professor of Missions at Abilene Christian collage in Abilene, Texas. He additionally directs the Halbert Institute for Missions at ACU.
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About Face: Rethinking Face for 21st Century Mission (American Society of Missiology Monograph Series Book 9) by Christopher L. Flanders