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A VISION OF FAITH FOR ASIA New Evangelisation in a Muslim Context.

Prior, John (2014) A VISION OF FAITH FOR ASIA New Evangelisation in a Muslim Context. Verbum SVD, 55 (2/3). pp. 205-218. ISSN 0042-3696


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After a brief look at the history of the term “new evangelisation,” this paper takes up contemporary issues in Muslim majority Indo-nesia through the thinking and practice of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) using the dictum of John Paul II, “new in ardour, methods and expressions.” Indonesia is a secular State where Islâm is resurgent. While Islâm and Christianity main-tain a public role in each sphere of Indonesian life, religion is de-creasingly present in an increasing number of sectors. Regarding renewing ardour: in the face of consumerist, materialistic values we need to return to Gospel values, to the Beatitudes, to voluntary pov-erty while working to eradicate enforced, unjust destitution. This calls for a spirituality of dialogue and engagement. A biblical spi-rituality grows from social involvement, a spirituality of the Reign of God in which we encounter Allah as source of life (abba) who ac-companies humanity on its earthly pilgrimage (dhabar), inspiring us with new ardour (ruah). Regarding renewing methods: are we slowly but surely advancing towards a dialogal, participatory and co-responsible church? Are we holding on to the Gospel vision of a community of equals, sisters and brothers of Jesus the Nazarene, daughters and sons of the one, living God, alive in the Spirit? And in renewing our faith expressions: we need a common language with Muslims in which we can work towards ever increasing common values.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: New Evangelisation, New in Ardour, New in Methods, New in Expression, Muslim Context.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 04:35
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 04:35
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1712

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