How Does America Hear the Gospel?

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1989 - 164 páginas
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In this book Dyrness explores the relationship between the biblical gospel and American culture. He shows how three dominant American cultural values -- pragmatism, optimism, and individualism -- have both a positive and negative impact on our Christian discipleship, looks at Walter Rauschenbusch and Robert Schuller as case studies, and sets out a distinctively American way of appropriating the gospel.

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The Puritan Conversion Narrative
84
The Rights of Man
87
NineteenthCentury Perfectionism
89
ClientCentered Counseling
93
Conclusion
96
Communicating the Gospel
100
Prophetic Discipleship
102
Forays into an American Gospel Walter Rauschenbusch and Robert Schuller
106

The Pilgrims Progress
30
A Home in the Wilderness
31
Early to Bed and Early to Rise
37
Pragmatism
43
In Search of a Practical Gospel
48
The Communication of the Gospel
54
Christian Discipleship in the Virgin Land
57
The American Dream
61
The Puritan City of God
62
Secular Events with a Sacred Telos
66
The Revival Mentality
69
Communicating the Gospel to Optimists
75
The American Adam
83
Prophet of the Social Gospel
107
Rauschenbuschs Prophetic Discipleship
113
Robert Schullers Healing Gospel
119
Schullers Contextualized Message
126
Conclusion
131
The Virgin Land Is Not Pure
132
The Dream Does Not Belong to Us
134
The American Adam Is Fallen
137
A Return to God and to Ourselves
138
A Theological and Evangelistic Method for Americans
143
BIBLIOGRAPHY
154
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Página 41 - I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Página 92 - I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
Página 73 - I ask not for the great, the remote, the romantic, what is doing in Italy or Arabia, what is Greek art or Provencal minstrelsy; I embrace the common; I explore and sit at the feet of the familiar, the low.
Página 135 - And we Americans are the peculiar, chosen people - the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world.
Página 33 - Already they have topped the Appalachian mountains. From thence they behold before them an immense plain, one vast, rich, level meadow : a square of five hundred miles. Over this they would wander without a possibility of restraint ; they would change their manners with the habits of their life ; would soon forget a government by which they were disowned ; would become hordes of English Tartars, and, pouring down upon your unfortified frontiers a fierce and...
Página 30 - The peculiarity of American institutions is the fact that they have been compelled to adapt themselves to the changes of an expanding people — to the changes involved in crossing a continent, in winning a wilderness, and in developing at each area of this progress, out of the primitive economic and political conditions of the frontier, the complexity of city life.
Página 92 - ... grass. My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air, Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same, I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, Hoping to cease not till death. Creeds and schools in abeyance, Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten, I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard, Nature without check with original energy.
Página 11 - I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I'm Standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they Start to go over the cliff...
Página 41 - There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.

Sobre o autor (1989)

William A. Dyrness is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His books include Reformed Theology and Visual Culture, Senses of the Soul, and A Primer on Christian Worship.

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