Date(s) - May 30, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Regent College Chapel
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The lecture will submit two critical observations, which should be of concern to all who are committed to the Gospel and its impact in the public square.
Firstly, historically the dominant paradigm of evangelical Christian community and mission in the public square is one of domination and conquest. Secondly, it is more often the case that contexts where Christianity enjoys significant adherence in terms of percentage population, Christian communities are often part of the narratives of exclusion, injustice, rivalry and conflicts, rather than champions of the common good.
The argument will be advanced, that the above are due to historical-contextual distortions, misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the Gospel and the obligation it places upon those who believe, in relation to the world, the public square and those who do not believe. A case will be made, that this is particularly so with the understanding of the gospel and its obligation in terms of ‘mission’ and ‘the Great Commission’, concepts that are irredeemably embedded in the paradigm of conquest.
Since, as we shall contend, authentic Christian community in the public square bears the ‘Good news of God’, the ‘fruit’ of which is ‘the common good’, the Gospel invites us to repent of mission and turn to joyful testimony and witness, as salt and light.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. David Zac Niringiye is a theologian, pastor, Bible teacher, organizational development consultant, and activist. He retired from his work as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala in 2012 to focus on the pursuit of peace and social-political justice in Uganda.
This lecture is part of our 2018 Summer Evening Public Lecture series.