Contextualization and Syncretism (EMS 13)

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“Culture’s influence upon Christianity is easier to discern in retrospect than in prospect. If history is our guide, one thing is sure: This age will be as syncretistic as any other…How is the gospel being contextualized in the contemporary world? To what degree are these new contextualizations syncretistic? This book attempts to answer these questions by defining and analyzing contextualization and syncretism.”–Gailyn Van Rheenen

  • ISBN: 9780878083879
  • Pages: 360
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2006
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Gailyn Van Rheenen
  • Author profiles
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DEFINING THE ISSUES

  • 1. Syncretism and Contextualization: the Church on a Journey Defining Itself by Gailyn Van Rheenen
  • 2. Syncretism and Social Paradigms by Paul H. Hiebert
  • 3. Contextualization, Syncretism, and Spiritual Warfare: Identifying The Issues by Scott Moreau
  • 4. Syncretism: Mission And Missionary Induced? By David J. Hesselgrave

 

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON SYNCRETISM

  • 5. The Role Of Context In Shaping Theology by Steve Strauss
  • 6. The Lamb And The Emperor: Theologies Of Revelation Countering Syncretism by Ron Stansell

 

CASE STUDIES: CONTEXTUALIZATION AND SYNCRETISM IN LIVING CONTEXTS

  • 7. To the Muslim I Became a Muslim? by Dudley Woodberry
  • 8. Suburban Evangelical Individualism: Syncretism or Contextualization? by J. Nelson Jennings
  • 9. Post-constantinian Missions: Lessons from the Resurgence of Paganism by Michael T. Cooper
  • 10. Dwarves, Elves, and Vampires: An Exploration on Syncretism in Metro Manila by Cynthia A. Strong and David K. Strong
  • 11. Revelation in the Chinese Characters: Divine or Divined? by How Chuang Chua
  • 12. “You Must Not Worship in Their Way…”: When Contextualization Becomes Syncretism (Syncretism Among Messianic Jews) by Larry Poston
  • 13. Legalism-Syncretism from within a Challenge in the Romanian Church by Cristian Barbosu
  • 14. Syncretism and Identity Among the Byano Kuna by Eric J. Moeller
  • 15. Building Bridges to Muslims: A Test Case by Gareth Lee Cockerill

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