Academic journal article Theological Studies

Saint Paul and the New Evangelization

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Saint Paul and the New Evangelization

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Saint Paul and the New Evangelization. By Ronald D. Witherup. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2013. Pp. x + 147. $14.95.

Witherup seeks to link the exhortations on the new evangelization made by the magisterium of the Catholic Church with Paul's apostolic life and practices. It is undeniable that Paul's life provides numerous examples of the apostolate of evangelization. Nevertheless, using Paul is not particularly helpful in addressing the unique situation of evangelizing former Christians, people who, either personally or collectively, have renounced the faith they once professed.

The book is a sort of manual, and each chapter concludes with a set of questions intended to help a group discuss the content of the preceding pages. The fact that the book was quickly written leads to certain approximations: the New Testament does mention Paul's origin in the city of Tarsus (22), Jesus' crucifixion is generally located in AD 30, not 28 (23), and the fact that the Philippians' hymn (2:5-11) is pre-Pauline is increasingly discussed among scholars (25). …

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