2011 Scherer Lecture & Augustana Chapel Sermon
by Dr. Jonathan J. Bonk
"Pre-Christian Faith in a Post-Christendom World:
Africa and the Future of Christianity"
February 22, 2011
The "streetlight effect" has its analogue in the study of church history. Beyond old Christendom and neo-Christendom, the growth of Christianity is unprecedented. Theology is in creative ferment as the Bible is brought to bear on questions anticipated by neither the Bible's authors nor its Western emissaries. Because research in such conditions is time consuming, frustrating, and even confusing, Church historians, theologians and their student proteges are tempted to confine themselves to libraries and archives in Western lands, where streetlights cast their reassuring glow. Christendom and neo-Christendom histories and theologies thus produced are of diminishing usefulness, since they no longer tell the story of the world church. This lecture is the story of one modest attempt to address the African lacuna.
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1) February 22, 2011 Augustana Chapel Sermon, on the text of Matthew 5:38-48, by Jonathan J. Bonk. [Download and listen to MP3 file] Or press the arrow below to begin streaming audio.
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2) Introductory remarks to the Scherer Lecture.
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About the speaker
Dr. Jonathan J. Bonk is the Executive Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. A Mennonite minister, he has served as President of both the American Society of Missiology and the Association of Professors of Mission, and is currently President of the International Association for Mission Studies.
The Scherer Lecture
This annual lecture is funded through the Eleanor and Arnold Scherer Endowment Fund of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.