There has been heightened interest and prolific publication by missiologists about contextualization since the term was first coined in 1972. There has been ongoing debate, particularly amongst evangelicals themselves regarding which of these meanings, methods, and models of contextualization are acceptable to use. Much of the debate has been carried out by academics and practitioners whose observations and conclusions have been largely shaped by the social sciences and practical theology. In contrast, the disciplines of biblical studies and Christian thought have not featured significantly in the debate. The purpose of this research is to establish that biblical studies and Christian thought in general (and Scripture and the church fathers in particular) have an essential contribution to make in the contextualization debate and should form part of an evangelical approach to contextualization of the gospel alongside the social sciences and practical theology. Following a review of the literature on contextualization over the past forty years, the research examines the book of Acts as representative of Scripture, and the work of John Chrysostom as a representative church father. Contextual principles that are consistent with an evangelical approach to contextualization of the gospel are drawn from each work, establishing the value of biblical studies and Christian thought in contextualization. ""This is an outstanding book. Andrew Prince's thesis is convincing, that both Scripture and the church fathers can help to shape our approach to contextualizing the gospel today. . . . Pastors, missionaries, teachers, anyone engaged in Christian mission will benefit from this accessible and welcome resource."" --Dean Flemming, MidAmerica Nazarene University ""Prince uses an old perspective to forge a new path in the contextualization discussion. His appeal to the church fathers is scholarly and creative; yet, he ultimately grounds his proposal on the Bible.
Contextualization of the Gospel was published by Wipf and Stock in June 2017. The ISBN for Contextualization of the Gospel is 9781498245296.