We are pleased to announce the book launch of two new titles by Steven Richard Rutt, Roland Allen: A Missionary Life and Roland Allen: A Theology of Mission. The author provides an intellectual portrait of this remarkable man, based on the influences and experiences that shaped Roland Allen into the person and the missionary he became: a Christian who challenged the status quo of colonial missionary societies.
The event will be held at the The Gospel and the Catholic Church conference on April 25th 2018, at 6.30pm. The author will be reading extracts from his books.
St. Stephen’s House,
16 Marston St,
Oxford, United Kingdom
The first of two volumes, Roland Allen: A Missionary Life is an intellectual biography which explores the people and ideas that influenced Allen while tracing the ways in which his missionary ecclesiology evolved during his life. Through extensive examination of unpublished archival papers, including lesser known letters and sermons, Steven Richard Rutt has uncovered the growth of a forthright, morally indefatigable churchman, who was also a loving family man with close and long-running friendships. Rutt unpacks Allen’s Church-centred missionary ecclesiology and ‘missiology of indigenisation’, which were based on Allen’s knowledge, gained from experience.
Roland Allen: A Missionary Life and Roland Allen: A Theology of Mission explore the thought of a Christian whose writings provided farsighted clarity on global Christian missionary work that is still relevant today.
Roland Allen: A Theology of Mission
In Roland Allen: A Theology of Mission, a companion work with Roland Allen: A Missionary Life, Steven Richard Rutt completes a portrait of Roland Allen (1868-1947) in this intellectual biography. Extensive archival evidence discloses how apostolic principles formed the basis for Allen’s missionary theology.
Although it is well-known that Allen’s hermeneutical ideas were born of Pauline principles, Steven Richard Rutt expounds the ways in which Allen’s missionary experiences had profoundly impacted Allen’s theological beliefs. Allen wrote about his findings in letters, sermons, articles and books, some of which were never published. Allen’s writings tenaciously challenged the methodology of colonial missionary societies and exposed the causes hindering Church expansion: failures occurred in missions due to the imposition of Western missionary paternalism and institutional devolution. Allen advocated the empowerment of indigenous churches to apply the principles of self-government and self-support. He asserted the importance of the Pauline concept of ‘Spirit and order’, which encompasses both the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as well as that of the Church.
Allen’s diagnosis of the missionary situation and the proposed ways to restore apostolic order presented contemporary controversy but since his death, we have seen the importance of Allen’s ideas in Mission studies grow steadily. With an expert evaluation of Allen’s theological insight, Roland Allen: A Theology of Mission also offers a superb contribution to the discipline of historical theology and historical missiology as Rutt delves into a contextual assay into the missionary landscape of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries.
Rev. Dr Steven Richard Rutt is assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Arizona Christian University. He is a priest in the Reformed Episcopal Church (Anglican Church of North America) and is a visiting Professor of Missiology at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary (PA). He also serves as president and missionary teacher for Covenant Renewal Ministries, Inc. In 2014, he earned his PhD in Religious Studies from Lancaster University, UK.