#24 - Using Scripture in a Global Age: Framing Biblical Issues

2006, 198 pp
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How should one read that ancient book called the Bible this many centuries after its formation? How can its instructions to civilizations of three and four thousand years ago be relevant to our modern technical age? This book wrestles with such questions.

Each chapter addresses some aspect of how the Bible may speak today as Kraus engages a variety of major issues, including christology, hermeneutics, peace, sexuality, creationism, miracles, social justice, and spiritual reality. Several concluding autobiographical chapters also set the larger book in the context of the author’s long experience as a teacher of the Bible and theology in many different cultures.


  • Foreword (John A. Lapp)
  • Introduction: Reading the Bible as Scripture
  • Now that the “Restrictions” Are Gone
  • Interpreting the Bible: Anabaptist or Mennonite?
  • The Role of Mennonite Theological Inquiry in the Coming Decades
  • Pacifism and Nonviolence: Reassessing the Paradigms
  • Jesus and the Politics of Peace
  • From Cultic Taboo to Ethical Norm
  • An Anabaptist Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century
  • Spirit and Spirituality: Reclaiming Biblical Transcendence
  • The Primal Temptation: A Technological Fix
  • The Beginning of the Assembly Congregation: A Theological Reflection
  • How My Mind Has Changed
  • From Mennonite Fundamentalism to Critical Anabaptism: My Story

"In this era of specialization, few can so competently use and integrate the disciplines of biblical studies, historical theology, Anabaptist studies, missiology, and North American church history. Kraus, drawing on his decades as teacher, missionary, scholar, and churchman, challenges Anabaptists with the necessity of contextualization in the multiple cultures of the twenty-first-century church. He then models contextualization of the Bible and Anabaptist theology throughout this book." -- Mark D. Baker, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

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