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Finished Reading Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth

Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth by John R. Franke is an excellent book. Franke builds a strong thesis that truth itself, grounded in the reality of the Triune God, is pluralistic. It is impossible to speak of a universal, homogenous, supra-cultural theology. Theology is a contextual, human endeavor as we, limited beings, grapple with the reality of the infinite.

Franke does a good job of explaining the role of Scripture, church history, and, most importantly, the centrality of Jesus, in the ongoing process of forming and reforming the church to be the incarnation of the missional enterprise of being the body of Christ in the world.

I was encouraged by this book as I continue to journey. However, be warned. This book is not an easy read. Franke is a theologian writing to theologians. It is a little wooden, and sometimes seems somewhat repetitive. In other words, it is not a book of flowing prose that is easily accessible to the casual reader. Yet, to one who has some background in reading theological texts, this is a very helpful and signficant piece that should be read by anyone who seriously desires to be a leader in the 21st century church.

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