Critique of PostmodernityCritique of Postmodernity
Joshva RajaJoshva Raja
Session 6Session 6
A few critical remarksA few critical remarks
 Truths? No Truth? What to hold on to?Truths? No Truth? What to hold on to?
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Mission – What is?Mission – What is?
UniversalizationUniversalization
Truth establishedTruth established
Rationalisatio...
Words related to MissionWords related to Mission
 SendingSending
 CommissioningCommissioning
 ProclaimingProclaiming
 ...
Mission includesMission includes
 An Action of emptyingAn Action of emptying
 A Process of learning andA Process of lear...
Mission
Creative
Tension
Church with
others missio Dei
Mediating
Salvation
Quest for
Justice
Evangelism
Liberation
Common
...
Holistic Mission
Plurality of Mission
Prophetic Liberative
Nourishes
Culture
Building
Communities
Proclamation
Development...
Prophetic
Liberative
Nourishes
Culture
Building
Communities
Development-
oriented
Dialogic
Plurality
of
Mission
Evangeliza...
Believing without Belonging?Believing without Belonging?
A study on Mission in Secular and Postmodern Contexts byA study o...
Believing without Belonging?Believing without Belonging?
A study on Mission in Secular and Postmodern Contexts byA study o...
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  1. 1. Critique of PostmodernityCritique of Postmodernity Joshva RajaJoshva Raja Session 6Session 6
  2. 2. A few critical remarksA few critical remarks  Truths? No Truth? What to hold on to?Truths? No Truth? What to hold on to?  Self boundaries to justify one’s own interestsSelf boundaries to justify one’s own interests  Chaotic – Rights for everything?! Using rights toChaotic – Rights for everything?! Using rights to defend one’s selfishnessdefend one’s selfishness  Overlapping of claims of truth or convergence ofOverlapping of claims of truth or convergence of truths – hiding!?truths – hiding!?  Truths need to collide, margins and acceptedTruths need to collide, margins and accepted truths need to negotiate and wrestletruths need to negotiate and wrestle continuouslycontinuously
  3. 3. Mission – What is?Mission – What is? UniversalizationUniversalization Truth establishedTruth established RationalisationRationalisation Scientific religionScientific religion Superior to anySuperior to any ApplicationApplication ModernizationModernization RelativisationRelativisation
  4. 4. Words related to MissionWords related to Mission  SendingSending  CommissioningCommissioning  ProclaimingProclaiming  ConvertingConverting  BuildingBuilding  SponsoringSponsoring  SupportingSupporting  PersuadingPersuading  PromotingPromoting Being Participating Liberating Listening Humanising Sharing Witnessing Accepting Receiving
  5. 5. Mission includesMission includes  An Action of emptyingAn Action of emptying  A Process of learning andA Process of learning and listeninglistening  Content – good newsContent – good news  Effect – transformed livesEffect – transformed lives  People – all no barriersPeople – all no barriers  Place – any wherePlace – any where  Culture – dignity restoredCulture – dignity restored  Method – prophetic, dialogicMethod – prophetic, dialogic  Means – community basedMeans – community based  Reflection – critical improvementReflection – critical improvement  Institution - supportiveInstitution - supportive  Relationship – reign of GodRelationship – reign of God Does not include Fixed doctrines Rejection Ethno-centric attitude Superiority complex Denominationalism Fundamentalism Exclusive dualism Allurement Monetary persuasion Offensive words Proselytising
  6. 6. Mission Creative Tension Church with others missio Dei Mediating Salvation Quest for Justice Evangelism Liberation Common Witness Ministry by (Whole) People of God Witness to people of Other Living Faiths Action in Hope Theology David Bosch’s Transforming Mission Additions by Norman E Thomas to Bosch – Contextualization, and Inculturation, dialogue in Classic Texts
  7. 7. Holistic Mission Plurality of Mission Prophetic Liberative Nourishes Culture Building Communities Proclamation Development- oriented Participatory Dialogic and interactive Developed from WCC’s Statements 1980 -2005 You are the light of the world Unity
  8. 8. Prophetic Liberative Nourishes Culture Building Communities Development- oriented Dialogic Plurality of Mission Evangelization conversion
  9. 9. Believing without Belonging?Believing without Belonging? A study on Mission in Secular and Postmodern Contexts byA study on Mission in Secular and Postmodern Contexts by WCCWCC  A shift from missioning the crowd to missioningA shift from missioning the crowd to missioning IndividualsIndividuals  Re-spiritualising Christian SpiritualityRe-spiritualising Christian Spirituality  Challenges of relationships, community andChallenges of relationships, community and commitmentcommitment  Faith seekers within non-Institutionalised zonesFaith seekers within non-Institutionalised zones  Rethinking language of missionRethinking language of mission  Recognising the tensionRecognising the tension  Accommodating Varieties of expressions ofAccommodating Varieties of expressions of religiosityreligiosity
  10. 10. Believing without Belonging?Believing without Belonging? A study on Mission in Secular and Postmodern Contexts byA study on Mission in Secular and Postmodern Contexts by WCCWCC  A shift from missioning the crowd to missioningA shift from missioning the crowd to missioning IndividualsIndividuals  Re-spiritualising Christian SpiritualityRe-spiritualising Christian Spirituality  Challenges of relationships, community andChallenges of relationships, community and commitmentcommitment  Faith seekers within non-Institutionalised zonesFaith seekers within non-Institutionalised zones  Rethinking language of missionRethinking language of mission  Recognising the tensionRecognising the tension  Accommodating Varieties of expressions ofAccommodating Varieties of expressions of religiosityreligiosity

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