A Roman Witness To Christ

A World to Win: The Missionary Methods of Paul the Apostle, by Joseph A. Grassi, M.M. (Maryknoll, 1965, 184 pp., $3.95), is reviewed by Arthur F. Glasser, home director, Overseas Missionary Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I heartily recommend this book. It could be used in our evangelical training schools as a text to introduce would-be missionaries to the methodology of the Apostle Paul. Almost devoid of quotations, it is a Bible-study book through and through that is refreshingly different, though somewhat similar in thrust to the work of missiologist Roland Allen at his best.

And yet, this is a Maryknoll publication, written by a Roman Catholic priest, published under the imprimatur of Cardinal Spellman, and concluded with an epilogue that relates the Apostle Paul’s total involvement with preaching the Word of God to De Ecclesia, a pronouncement of Vatican Council II.

Grassi is the professor of New Testament theology at the Maryknoll Major Seminary. He is a product of Manhattan College, of various Catholic seminaries—especially the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome—of a three-year term of missionary service in Guatemala, and of the grace of God. One wonders whether he is representative of the new type of missionary priest the Roman Catholic Church is sending to Latin America. If so, the future of that church is not going to resemble its past!

The book is well organized. It centers attention on those basic issues Paul had to face after he accepted his role as an apostle to the Gentiles. What goal should he set for his labors within the framework of God’s purpose in history? How should he personally regard the possibility of his being a co-laborer with God? Would it be possible for him to ...

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