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Author Johnson, Todd M.
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Subject Keyword Italian Jesuit ♦ New-old Idea Illustration ♦ Term Contextualization ♦ Human Justice ♦ Short Year ♦ Spiritual Child ♦ Todd Johnson ♦ Apostle Paul ♦ New Concept ♦ Historical Moment ♦ Myriad Example ♦ Mis-sionary Sending Base ♦ Third World ♦ Indigenous Theology ♦ Mission Circle ♦ Great Apostasy ♦ Good Role Model ♦ Nothing Good ♦ Following Article Todd ♦ Second Century ♦ 17th-century Italian Jesuit Roberto ♦ Mission Nothing ♦ Shoki Coe ♦ Military Crisis ♦ Cultural Sensitivity ♦ World Council ♦ New Word ♦ Practice It-self ♦ Frontier Mission Research ♦ De Nobili ♦ Celtic Peregrini ♦ Past Fifteen Year Contextualization
Abstract For the past fifteen years “contextualization ” has been the buzzword in mission circles. Any “doing ” of theology must naturally incorporate aspects of contextualization in the pro-cess. In the following article Todd M. Johnson, in his evalua-tion of the 17th-century Italian Jesuit Roberto de Nobili, shows that contextualization itself, although a relatively new word, is certainly not a new concept. De Nobili is but one of myriad examples of missionaries throughout the centuries who successfully “did theology. ” Consequently, he, and they, are good role models for us today who follow in their footsteps. few short years ago, in 1972, Shoki Coe first used the term “contextualization ” in a publication of the World Council of Churches. This report contended that contextualiza-tion is different than the earlier concepts of indigeni-zation or accommodation and that it takes into ac-count “the process of secularity, technology, and the struggle for human justice which characterized the historical moment of nations in the Third World ” (1972:20). However new the term contextualization is, the practice it-self is very old. The Apostle Paul had cultural sensitivities that led him to contextualize the gospel in every situation he encountered. Perhaps he more than any other person was re-sponsible for hundreds of indigenous theologies in the first and second centuries among newly converted Gentiles. Most of us would be willing to agree that Paul “knew about ” contex-tualization, but we might contend that between his time and ours was the “Great Apostasy ” that lasted from A.D. 150 to A.D. 1950. Surely nothing good could have happened in that period in relation to contextualization and missions! Nothing could be further from the truth. Patrick planted an Irish (Celtic) church that was thoroughly contextualized. His spiritual children later established the island of Iona as a mis-sionary sending base from which thousands of Celtic peregrini (missionaries) traveled to the farthest reaches of the Continent. Hundreds of years later, while in the midst of a military crisis, A Todd Johnson helps to coor-dinate frontier mission research for
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