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Essay on Making New Places in the Theological Table

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There's an app in my IPad called Google Earth. Though an older program, it's quite amazing. Satellite imagery lets me view any point on the world in rooftop level with unusual detail. Google Earth is a fitting icon to the new realities of a global culture. The world is no longer small in terms of knowledge, interaction, and connections. In almost every area of life, we have to believe globally. However, as Timothy C. Tennet points out, an exception to the new international perspective may be theological discourse. He says: " that the Western church hasn't yet fully absorbed how the dramatic shifts in global Christianity are affecting what constitutes normative Christianity." Tennet fees that theological reflection and discussion isalso, for the most part, restricted to Western notion. But Westen theological circles tend to be closed. Tennet creates a powerful case that it is past time for demanding and significant theological engagement with the worldwide Christian community. I concur with his assessment. But, I don't need to join ranks with people who wish to jettison Western thought for the interest of contextualization. For reasons known to God, for centuries, He saw fit to progress Christian thought and truth through the West. Western theology isn't an arrogant, cultural or theological offender. As Scott Anoil states: "I think it is indisputable that Western culture by and large was influenced by Christian worth over perhaps any other on the planet. That's not to say whatsoever that there haven't been anti-biblical influences as well; there surely have been. However, by God's common grace we haven't been affected by Satanism or Eastern mysticism to the exact same extent as different societies. That's influenced the development of cultu...

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