An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Contextualization. The mission of the Church is to introduce the person of Christ to individual human beings who by faith enter into communion with God. This does not involve adapting information to a particular context, but rather establishing the context prescribed by God for the presence of Christ wherever we happen to be among the peoples of the world. Contextualization, then, creates a new invitational core context which is host to the presence of the divine person. This is defined with the help of the gifts of ecclesial Tradition, which enables conditions that facilitate communion, and which thus helps us engage the world.
Forward by David J. Hesselgrave
Chapter 1: Contextualization and the Challenge of the Gospel-as-Person
1. The Theological Roots of the Gospel-as-Person
2. On Human Personhood
3. On Contextualization
Chapter 2: The Place of Divine Presence
1. The Church as the Place of Divine Presence
2. Sacrament as the Concretization of the Field of Divine Presence
3. Implications for the Process of Contextualization
Chapter 3: The Core Context of Mission
1. Holy Scripture
2. Apostolic Succession
3. Liturgical Structures
Chapter 4: The Conditions of Communion
1. Divine-Human Communion: The Spiritual State of the Inviter
2. Human-Human Communion: Engaging the Invitee
3. Human-Divine Communion: Accepting the Invitation
Chapter 5: Engaging the Fields of Personal Presence in Cyberspace
1. Preliminary Observations
2. Can the Invitational Context Exist in Cyberspace
Conclusion: The Great Reversal
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