Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand
BSac 115:457 (Jan 58) p. 92
Beaver, R. Pearce, “Some Aspects of the Asian Situation and their Significance for Training for Service to the Church,” Concordia Theological Monthly, 28:11:810–34, November, 1957.
The professor of missions of the Federated Theological Faculty of the University of Chicago presents an excellent analysis of the present political, religious and cultural situation in Asia and its effect upon the missionary cause. Although missionaries are endangered by the current trend toward nationalism and the desire of the younger churches to govern themselves, Beaver believes that large numbers of missionaries will still be required for institutional works and the development of pioneer areas. He suggests the following emphases in training for missionaries who are to serve in Asia: first, an introduction to the history and theory of missions. In the field of theory, three issues must be studied: “the work of the human agent in relation to that of the Holy Spirit,” the relation of Christian truth to the truth of other religions, andthe relation of religion to culture. Secondly, the missionary should be equipped with tools for acquiring a knowledge and understanding of the culture in which he is to live. He must also know his own culture so that he may be able to distinguish between what is genuinely Christian and what is simply American. Finally there must be the knowledge of the language. While this article emphasizes the basics, it will give a clearer understanding of the problems of the mission fields today.
Edwards, Paul R., “Some Thoughts on Fundamentalist Infallibility.” Eternity, 8:9:6–7, 48, September, 1957.
This article, another in the current spate of condemnations of the sins of fundamentalism, raises the question of the basis of Christian fellowship. The author calls himself a chastened fundamentalist “who feels that the time has long since passed for judgment to begin with his own household.” He rightly contends that a man is saved by his personal relationship to Jesus Christ. This should also be the basis for fellowship. “Apparently this is not enough for us. Apparently others are worthy of our fellowship only when they go beyond accepting the gospel and agree with us right down the line on a long list of doctrinal interpretations.” If we adopt Mr. Edwards’ standard, we will be able to have fellowship with Barth and Brunner and other neo-orthodox thinkers. His argument gains or loses strength depending upon a person’s definition of fellowship. Fellowship may range all the way from a personal encounter with another person on a social basis to actually working with that person on the faculty of a
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