The publication of Alan Walker’s book on evangelism, The Whole Gospel for the Whole World, has focused attention on the content of the Gospel. Dr. W. E. Sangster describes it as “an outspoken challenge to current evangelistic message and method.” Alan Walker led the Methodist campaign in Australia known as “The Mission to the Nation.” More recently, he has given addresses throughout America. Now he has returned to become superintendent of the Central Methodist Mission in Sydney.
Mr. Walker is an impassioned speaker with unusual gifts of oratory. He began his ministry among the miners of New South Wales, and later published a volume, entitled: Coal-town—A Sociological Survey of Cessnock, N.S.W. It marked the beginning of his deep involvement in social problems. Since that time he has spoken in season and out of season on the social implications of the Christian faith—particularly on such issues as peace and war, security and the welfare State, gambling and drink.
These themes are prominent in this new publication. In the introduction E. G. Homrighausen writes: “Alan Walker’s name is increasingly associated with that ‘larger evangelism’ which is needed in our time.… He rightly maintains that nineteenth century evangelism is not enough for the twentieth century.” Alan Walker does not hesitate to enumerate what he calls “the serious limitations and weaknesses which belong to nineteenth century evangelism.” “They are: a message which stops short of being the whole gospel for the whole world; an intellectual presentation of the faith which denies or ignores the great gains of biblical scholarship of the last one hundred years; a personal evangelism which has no social dynamic; an inadequate relationship with the Church as the body ...1
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