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Provides a model for examining the beliefs folk religions around the world and suggests biblical principles missionaries can use to deal with them.
Brand: Baker Academic
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Don't be misled by the title. Don't be tempted to think this is a book only for missionaries ministering in contexts of tribal societies or among Folk Catholics, Muslims etc. What this book deals with is a plethora of religious ideas and questions that you will confront in any society, urban, rural or tribal. It is concerned with the everyday problems and issues experienced or sensed by ordinary people in any culture, and how they answer them with their folk beliefs (within or outside the stream of organized religion) -- what the writers call the "middle zone" between the high level divine/supernatural realm and the material/tangible world. The book looks at how Christians can address the questions people raise about this middle zone and it deals with four main areas: (1)What is the meaning of life, and how the living must contend with the problems of death; (2) The "good life" of health, prosperity, safety, welfare and progeny/descendents in the face of...
Understanding Folk Religion is a highly useful work for gaining and understanding of the dynamics involved in folk religion and how it plays out in the lives of people all around the world, even in America. In reading this book one comes to the understanding that as a whole the Church has failed to provide answers for the real life issues people deal with on a day to day basis.
In so doing what has happened is the formation of a "split level Christianity." The authors write "the central concern of this book is the persistence of a two-tier Christianity around the world despite centuries of instructions and condemnations by missionaries and church leaders" (pg.15). Countless deeply committed Christians both worship God and attend church faithfully while also visiting the local shamans and witch doctors in hopes of being delivered from demonic oppression.
One of the useful aspects of this book is how the authors present the critical issues and follow it up with...
This book is way cooler than it sounds.
I recently finished reading "Understanding Folk Religion" by Hiebert, Shaw and Tienou for the second time. In doing so I was reminded of why this book has had such an impact on my approach toward life, mission, people, evangelism, discipleship and church. This book is essentially a guide to understanding how and why people view the world as they do and how as Christians we should respond. At the same time it is more than a guide for understanding, it is a tool for understanding. The subtitle captures it well, "A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices." In these pages you will find direction in doing just that.
The book is broken up into four parts. The first section focuses on developing a model and method for understanding religion and culture. The next two sections focus on fundamental aspects of religious beliefs and practices respectively. Finally the book closes with a look into what a Christian...
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