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Introduction

Jennifer M. McBride

in The Church for the World

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755684.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter articulates the driving questions of the book, including how Protestants offer a non-triumphal witness in a pluralistic society, and argues that disharmony over the church's identity and mission in a pluralistic society across and within fundamentalist, evangelical, and mainline Protestant Christianity necessitates that basic, normative, theological questions be addressed with a renewed urgency: What ought Christians to be witnessing through their social and political engagements? The chapter also introduces Bonhoeffer as an appropriate, yet challenging, interlocutor for North American conversations about Christian public witness, notes important differences between Bonhoeffer's world come of age and the North American pluralistic society at the beginning of the twentieth century, and defines key terms such as acceptance of guilt, confession, repentance, and metanoia

Keywords: witness; pluralistic; Bonhoeffer; world come of age; guilt; confession; repentance; metanoia

Chapter.  10255 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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