Author: John Sivalon
Publisher: Orbis Books
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Postmodernity is a name that has been attached to our cultural milieu. Among its features are a sense of historical consciousness, a recognition of the social construction of knowledge, an appreciation for pluralism, and a suspicion of grand narratives. It is a cultural worldview that is naturally suspicious of Christian “mission.” Meanwhile, conservative Catholics are equally suspicious of postmodernism, associating it with relativism, secularism, and syncretism). Drawing on his own mission training and experience, John Sivalon believes the gospel can and must be inculturated in any culture, and he believes that postmodernism, rather than rendering Christian mission meaningless, breathes fresh insight, vision, and life into Vatican II’s notion that mission is centred in the very heart of God. Above all, postmodernism offers the ‘gift of uncertainty’ the opportunity to question, Why are we doing this? What should we do? How is it best done? With actual case studies that reflect the new face of mission, Fr. Sivalon offers a hopeful vision of how the Gospel retains its challenge and relevance in an age of uncertainty and change.
John Sivalon, Author
John C Sivalon, a Maryknoll priest, served as a missioner in Tanzania before serving as Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (2001-2008). He has a masters in sociology and a doctorate from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Currently he teaches theology at the University of Scranton.