Kraft sees the aim of his book as helping us to communicate more effectively the Christian message in a multicultural world. His work grows out his frustration as a missionary because "much of the theology taught to us n our home churches, Bible schools, and Christian colleges, a and seminaries turn out to be extremely difficult to use in cross-cultural context in the form in which we learned it."
So Kraft's initial audience is cross-cultural witnesses for Christ, but he also sees as a second audience those whose primary interest is in theological methodology.
Kraft's work addresses such question as:
- What is the relationship between biblical content and the linguistic symbols in terms of which it is presented?
- How clearly can we see revealed truth?
- What is the core of Christian truth that we mus communicate to all peoples and what is peripheral?
- What is relative and what is absolute in Christianity?