Comprehending Mission

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Winner, first annual American Society of Missiology Book Award

Whether for students entering the field, or for seasoned scholars, Comprehending Mission offers an inviting new proposal for how to conceptualize this field of study. This comprehensive book offers a concise overview of the development of missiology over the last century, an introduction to its characteristic methodologies, and insight into the kinds of questions missiologists typically bring to the study of their subject.

In the twentieth century this task was complicated by multiple contending understandings of the field. Initially dominant was an understanding of missiologythat emphasized the practical challenges of foreign mission service. More recently, missiologists have highlighted the intercultural aspects of Christian outreach. In this case, missiology is less a form of practical theology than a field of study where theological concerns intersect with critical studies of Christian mission undertaken by anthropologists, historians, and other scholars.

"An extraordinary achievement . . . . Students and teachers of mission studies will find it a boon; and few readers, however learned, will put it down without learning things they did not know. . ."--Andrew F. Walls, University of Edinburgh

"Comprehending Mission will be the standard introduction to the field of missiology for the next decade, and every student ought to begin right here."--Amos Yong, Regent University School of Divinity

Stanley H. Skreslet is dean of the faculty of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is the author of Picturing Christian Witness (Eerdmans, 2006).

Book Details

Comprehending Mission
The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and Prospects
American Society of Missiology Series
Stanley H. Skreslet
Will be cherished by experts in mission studies who will be able to enhance their knowledge about different viewpoints and strategies in missiology,and by mission theorists who want to make more profound their reflections on the nature, the methodology, and the field of missiology.
Commendable for its irenic and dispassionate look at the whole field of mission studies, this volume is - and will be, one imagines, for some years to come - the work to put in the hands of students who want a feel for the tools and intellectual resources available to mission studies. More advanced scholars will also find it enjoyable and it's well-measured observations instructive.
"All teachers and students of mission studies will find it an asset in their library, as it provides a broad introduction to their field and ready reference to its past literatures."
". . . the theological enterprise and those engaged in pastoral work need this kind of project and its capacity to bring ever-relevant mission-centered questions into conversation wtih important works from disparatic fields. In addition, Skreslet's judicious tone is likely to ease some of the instinctive antagonism toward mission and scholarship on mission that is still discernible in not a few academic and pastoral settings."
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