Communicating Christ In Animistic Contexts

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Whether in New Age mysticism, occultism, Haitian voodooism, Chinese ancestor veneration, or Japanese Shintoism, animistic beliefs are widespread, even today. Gailyn Van Rheenen presents a rigorous, biblical, theological, and anthropological foundation for ministering in animistic contexts.

  • ISBN: 9780878087716
  • Pages: 344
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 1996
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by David J. Hesselgrave
  • Preface


Part 1 Understanding Animism

  • 1. The Meaning of Animism and Its Place in Today’s World
  • 2. Tools for Learning Animistic Worldviews
  • 3. The Cosmic and the Earthly
  • 4. Change in Animistic Societies

Part II Thinking Theology in Animistic Contexts

  • 5. Christianity and Animism: Contrasting Worldviews
  • 6. Kingdom Theology: Introducing Animists to Christian Perspectives

Part III. Analyzing Animistic Practices and Powers

  • 7. Animistic Practitioners
  • 8. The Animistic Practice of Divination
  • 9. Impersonal Spiritual Forces
  • 10. Personal Spiritual Beings


  • Conclusion: Sin and Salvation in Christianity and Animism
  • Works Cited
  • Index of Subjects
  • Index of Names
  • Index of Scripture

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