The acceleration of change and the explosion and fragmentation of information have made doing theology more difficult in today’s world than was true in the slower-paced previous centuries. It is important to state the gospel message in terms that will be understood in the twenty-first century. In doing so, some theologians have changed not merely the form of expression but also the substance. The goal for contemporizing the Christian message is to retain the content and biblical doctrine while making the message more understandable today. Five criteria are presented to assess the integrity of the message.
- What are the three lessons to be learned about the present-day theological environment, and what is the significance of each?
- Name and briefly describe the theories of what constitutes the permanent elements of Christianity that the author mentions
- Compare and contrast the transformer’s view with the translator’s view of contemporizing theology today
- What criteria are used to identify the essence of a doctrine?