Ask Sanityville: What should I know about Lesslie Newbigin?


(Zak Carter) #1

I keep hearing people (not on this forum) cite Newbigin and it seems like all discussion of missions/ministry insists on using his work as the essential paradigm. I don’t have the time right now to read up on him, but is anyone here familiar with is work? What does he get right and what are some things to watch out for? Thanks!

Edit: From what I’ve heard of him (or how he’s used) the categories of pre-christian, Christian, and post-christian in terms of cultures seems useful. But I’ve been kind of annoyed by the lack if scriptural categories in these conversations, which makes me ask the question.


(Lucas Weeks) #2

I’m afraid I don’t know anything at all about him. Should I? I do care about missions, and I do think about it, being a former MK.


(Caleb Starr) #3

I was going to write nearly the same thing as Lucas. I’m also a former MK but have never heard of Lesslie Newbigin.


(Zak Carter) #4

I should clarify: it’s less about “missions” and more about “being missional.”