Most cogent definition of contextualization I’ve read to date

Timothy Keller:

Contextualization is not — as is often argued — giving people what they want to hear.”4 Rather, it is giving people the Bible’s answers, which they may not at all want to hear, to questions about life that people in their particular time and place are asking, in language and forms they can comprehend, and through appeals and arguments with force they can feel, even if they reject them. Sound contextualization means translating and adapting the communication and ministry of the gospel to a particular culture without compromising the essence and particulars of the gospel itself.


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September 17, 2012 · culture · church · contextualization

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