Lesslie Newbigin: A Postmodern Missiologist? - Henry Martyn Centre
Paul Weston, Page 1 Introduction purpose of this article is to suggest two lines of thinking and reflection upon the missiology of Lesslie Newbigin that merit renewed attention. Firstly, it will suggest that Newbigin can be shown to have developed a missiological approach that effectively anticipates many of the questions raised by contemporary postmodern perspectives; and secondly, that the way in which The harnesses this methodology to the practice of mission can be said to be both appropriate and applicable within a environment. Newbigin's formal contribution to the debates about postmodernity were necessarily he by the fact that they began to take centre stage in theological and missiological circles when he had already reached an advanced age In fact all Newbigin's references to 'postmodernity' occur in his post-1991 writings. But inasmuch as does refer to this new 'movement' of thought, is important first to address the question of how Newbigin understood its 'mood' limited 'mindset', and then to assess the conclusions he drew with regard to the challenges that presented. 1. Newbigin's engagement with 'postmodernity' Newbigin sees postmodernity as a style of thinking which is fundamentally and to modernity's preoccupation with 'metanarratives'.'The postmodernists tell us', he writes in 1992, 'that the days of great "metanarrative" are over. They reject the story which sees the world-wide opposed 'Lesslie Newbigin: A Postmodern Missiologist?'