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By Christopher L. Flanders

ISBN-10: 1608995232

ISBN-13: 9781608995233

"For Thais, face is a fact," writes Flanders. in spite of the fact that, "whether in theology, evangelism, or concerns regarding sin, salvation, or atonement, Thai Christians and missionaries alike appear both bored with or probably incapable of addressing concerns regarding face. This obvious incongruity among the worth of face for Thais and the shortcoming of intentional engagement in the Thai Christian group is deeply troubling.
"Surely, one of these loss of cautious awareness to stand is a perilous posture. Uncritical perspectives of face, furtively attaching to the theology of the Thai church, are in all likelihood harmful for its lifestyles and project. Such appears an unavoidable scenario with out right awareness to stand. also, to disregard face is to run the chance of lacking priceless cultural assets, implicit within the Thai event of face, for the severe activity of genuine Thai theological reflection.
"This loss of engagement with face increases serious matters with which we needs to combat. How is it that one of these vital sociocultural factor has now not been a extra major a part of the Thai Christian vocabulary or event? How pervasive are those destructive attitudes relating to face? What lies at the back of them? may perhaps this loss of self-conscious engagement with face have any dating to the power Thai notion of Christianity as a international, Western faith? How should still Christians comprehend this inspiration of face and the way it pertains to the methods we comprehend and proclaim the gospel?"

"Chris Flanders is a missiological theologian! In approximately Face, he demanding situations us to contemplate atonement as Theosis: God participated in our disgrace that we would be glorified, allowing us to take part in His divine nature. The Western discomfort over guilt, criminal acquittal for sin, and private detoxing of sins, Flanders asserts, is overseas to the Thai tradition and psyche. approximately Face offers a contextualized atonement for Asian (particularly Thai) contexts."
--Gailyn Van Rheenen
Facilitator of Church Planting
Mission Alive

"Missionaries have tended to have a damaging view of 'face' as anything that hinders other folks from accepting the gospel. Flanders argues, safely i believe, that each society is worried approximately 'face' yet prioritize matters otherwise. it is a clean viewpoint and an important learn in case you educate and perform missiology."
--Michael A. Rynkiewich
Professor of Anthropology (Retired)
Asbury Seminary

"Reader, pay attention. Flanders exposes a strategic sector that actually stares expat missionaries and Thai Christians within the face but either conscientiously steer clear of. when you are trying to know how innovations of salvation combine with social constructs in Thai society there is not any extra thorough learn. approximately Face will problem readers and Christian practitioners east and west to imagine missiologically and be changed."
--Paul H. De Neui
Associate Professor of Intercultural reviews and Missiology
North Park Theological Seminary

"In this research--integrating historical past, theology, and social science--Flanders leads his readers to a deeper knowing of 'Thai face' after which examines its relevance for gospel witness and a theology of atonement . . . This e-book is a severe theological paintings for either western and non-western venture leaders and students, and totally crucial for any missionary who seeks to paintings in a Buddhist/Confucian context."
--Sherwood Lingenfelter
Professor of Anthropology
Fuller Theological Seminary

Christopher Flanders is affiliate Professor of Missions at Abilene Christian college in Abilene, Texas. He additionally directs the Halbert Institute for Missions at ACU.

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