Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Great Commission: Models of Evangelization in American Catholicism

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Great Commission: Models of Evangelization in American Catholicism

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THE GREAT COMMISSION: MODELS OF EVANGELIZATION IN AMERICAN CATHOLICISM by Timothy E. Byerley Paulist, 161 pages, $18.95 paper

Taking its structure from Avery Dulles' seminal Models of the Church, Byerley's The Great Commission sets forth six Scripture-based models or means of evangelization: the St. Stephen model (witness), the Jerusalem model (liturgy), the Proclamation model (preaching), the Fraternity model (small faidi-based communities), the Areopagus model (inculturation), and the Loaves and Fishes model (charitable works).

Each section firmly roots its respective model in the apostolic age and then explores and evaluates a particular manifestation of the model in the American experience. Byerley pays close attention to the relevance these methods currendy retain, as well as to the challenges they pose for education and application. He is a gifted storyteller, and his American examples in each section make for a compelling read.

One soon finds oneself looking for other and perhaps more contemporary examples of each model, however. The preaching model, illustrated by the parish missions of the late ninteenth century, calls to mind Archbishop Fulton J. …

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