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Understanding Folk Religion

Paul G HiebertR Daniel ShawTite Tienou

Understanding Folk Religion

Paul G HiebertR Daniel ShawTite Tienou

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Provides a model for examining the popular beliefs of world religions and suggests biblical principles for dealing with them.

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- Publisher "This is a book for all Christians to read who are serious about deep-level spiritual transformation. Our cultural upbringing often hides from our awareness areas of life that need to be confronted by the gospel. Reading this book will help uncover aspects of our own worldview and practice that are more informed by North American culture than by the kingdom values of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are few resources available, apart from living in a cross-cultural context, that can do what this book can accomplish. Can a person worship Christ on Sunday and visit a witch doctor on Mondaymorning for a healing remedy? This is the question Hiebert and his colleagues deal with in an effort to uncover what people really believe in a variety of cultures. They demonstrate how Christian missionaries have often forced folk beliefs underground when they actually thought they had rooted them out. They do a masterful job of providing the framework of a biblical response to a number of issues ranging from ancestor veneration to shaman soul flight."--Clinton Arnold"Here is a book that really does what the title suggests: It effectively helps Christians understand and respond to the beliefs and practices of folk religion, at home and abroad."--Gerald H. Anderson, director, Overseas Ministries Study Center"Hiebert et al. have produced an excellent resource book to serve as a text in missiology classes addressing folk religions and critical contextualization. The book provides a substantive overview of the characteristics of folk religions and excellent guidelines for a thoroughly biblical response to these religions in Christian mission. A significant strength of the volume are the chapters which focus on the central questions of life addressed in folk religions, and the biblical principles essential for a Christian response. The exceptional chapter on sacred myths shows how Indo-European myths have influenced missionary bias and popular theologies of spiritual warfare. The book concludes by identifying the key theological issues of relevance for new and maturing churches in folk communities. For missionaries and Christian workers in folk societies around the world, this book provides sound theoretical understanding, comprehensive elucidation of the characteristics of folk religions, and fundamental biblical and theological principles for practical application in ministry."--Sherwood Lingenfelter, Dean, School of World Missions, Fuller Theological Seminary"As a missionary in Central America, I saw professing Christians sacrifice chickens on their way to church. As a missions professor in North America, I see professing Christians consult horoscopes for daily guidance. This much needed and long overdue volume provides the perspective needed to understand the what and why of the everyday religious beliefs and practices--both old and new--that actually shape the lives of their adherents. Contains culturally sensitive, theologically sound, and missiologically astute guidelines for communicating biblical truth in a transforming way."--Kenneth B. Mulholland, Dean, Columbia Bible Institute & Graduate School of Missions

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Provides a model for examining the popular beliefs of world religions and suggests biblical principles for dealing with them.
- Publisher

416 Pages
- Publisher

"This is a book for all Christians to read who are serious about deep-level spiritual transformation. Our cultural upbringing often hides from our awareness areas of life that need to be confronted by the gospel. Reading this book will help uncover aspects of our own worldview and practice that are more informed by North American culture than by the kingdom values of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are few resources available, apart from living in a cross-cultural context, that can do what this book can accomplish. Can a person worship Christ on Sunday and visit a witch doctor on Mondaymorning for a healing remedy? This is the question Hiebert and his colleagues deal with in an effort to uncover what people really believe in a variety of cultures. They demonstrate how Christian missionaries have often forced folk beliefs underground when they actually thought they had rooted them out. They do a masterful job of providing the framework of a biblical response to a number of issues ranging from ancestor veneration to shaman soul flight."--Clinton Arnold"Here is a book that really does what the title suggests: It effectively helps Christians understand and respond to the beliefs and practices of folk religion, at home and abroad."--Gerald H. Anderson, director, Overseas Ministries Study Center"Hiebert et al. have produced an excellent resource book to serve as a text in missiology classes addressing folk religions and critical contextualization. The book provides a substantive overview of the characteristics of folk religions and excellent guidelines for a thoroughly biblical response to these religions in Christian mission. A significant strength of the volume are the chapters which focus on the central questions of life addressed in folk religions, and the biblical principles essential for a Christian response. The exceptional chapter on sacred myths shows how Indo-European myths have influenced missionary bias and popular theologies of spiritual warfare. The book concludes by identifying the key theological issues of relevance for new and maturing churches in folk communities. For missionaries and Christian workers in folk societies around the world, this book provides sound theoretical understanding, comprehensive elucidation of the characteristics of folk religions, and fundamental biblical and theological principles for practical application in ministry."--Sherwood Lingenfelter, Dean, School of World Missions, Fuller Theological Seminary"As a missionary in Central America, I saw professing Christians sacrifice chickens on their way to church. As a missions professor in North America, I see professing Christians consult horoscopes for daily guidance. This much needed and long overdue volume provides the perspective needed to understand the what and why of the everyday religious beliefs and practices--both old and new--that actually shape the lives of their adherents. Contains culturally sensitive, theologically sound, and missiologically astute guidelines for communicating biblical truth in a transforming way."--Kenneth B. Mulholland, Dean, Columbia Bible Institute & Graduate School of Missions
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Meet the Authors

Paul G Hiebert

Paul G. Hiebert (1933-2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also served as a pastor and missionary to India. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books in the fields of anthropology and missions.

R Daniel Shaw

Paul G. Hiebert (1933-2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also served as a pastor and missionary to India. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books in the fields of anthropology and missions.

Tite Tienou

Tienou is professor of theology of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A

Table Of Contents

  • Section One: Developing An Analytical Model
    1. Split-level Christianity
    2. Phenomenology Of Religion
    3. Analyzing Belief Systems
    4. Folk And Formal Religions
    section Two: Folk Religious Beliefs
    5. The Meaning Of Life And Death
    6. Human Well-being And Misfortune
    7. Guidance And The Unknown
    8. Right And Wrong
    section Three: Folk Religious Practices
    9. The World Of Sacred Signs
    10. Sacred Myths
    11. Religious Rituals
    12. Religious Leaders And Institutions
    13. Religious Movements
    section Four: Christian Responses To Folk Religion
    14. Theological Responses To Folk Religion
    15. Missiological Responses

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  • Catalogue Code 139748
  • Product Code 0801022193
  • EAN 9780801022197
  • Pages 414
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Jan 2000
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 21 mm
  • Weight 0.659kg

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