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The Great Commission Takes Post Modern Turn
by Carl Raschke
Publisher:Baker Academic imprint of Baker Publishing from SPCK
The Great Commission takes a postmodern turn is the sub heading to Carl Raschke’s book with the strange title GloboChrist. Technical text which some may call dense, this is none the less an exciting book to read if taken slowly. It explores a number of concepts which were new to me, like ‘Semiotics’ and Augustine’s suggestion that the order of signs and language be studied to understand the Biblical text and context better. GloboChrist is shorthand for ‘Global Postmodern Christianity’ and the image and theology of Christ as understood in different parts of the world. ‘The coming of the GloboChrist is far better appreciated by anthropologists and historians of religion, who happen to be specialists in cultural sign-systems ... than theologians.’ (p26)The book provides a flavour and scope of this work which will not be a popular read so much as an important contribution to mission studies. Get past the jargon and irritating invention of new words and you will find this an informative and stimulating study.
Reviewer: Jim Currin (09/09/09)