Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives

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The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives.

Edited by Margunn Serigstad Dahle, Lars Dahle, and Knud Jorgensen. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2014. Pp. 488. 39.99 [pounds sterling] / $61.

In a remarkable collection of thirty-eight essays by more than thirty contributors, this volume describes the three major congresses of the Lausanne movement: Lausanne 1974, Manila 1989, and Cape Town 2010. Collections such as this often present an uneven landscape of diverse views. The essays gathered here, however, manifest an unusual unity and harmony that is very informative and helpful.

Fresh insights appear in the midst of familiar territory throughout the volume. The essays are divided into four major sections: "Introduction," "Major Concepts," "Reviewing Cape Town," and "Critical Reflections and Discussions." Though the subject is familiar territory, when I opened the text at random, I repeatedly found myself drawn into interesting facts and anecdotes, as well as personal reflections.

The essays are comprehensive. They contain inevitable overlap yet provide helpfully differing perspectives. …

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