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WCF.M4.L46 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Distinguish animism as more than merely a pattern of religious beliefs in the context of comparative religions.
  • Discuss animism as generally representing a synthesis of beliefs, institutions, and cultural values constituting a characteristic worldview.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 165-166Lesson 46 Introduction

  • General
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 184-197ch. 15 The Gospel and the Cultures

  • Animism and Missions

  • http://ijfm.org/archives.htm
    IJFM (Oct-Dec 1997) 14,4 “Tribal Peoples”
  • 155-159Hayward: The Evangelization of Animists: Power, Truth or Love Encounter

  • Journal of Religion in Africa 12:1, 1981, ATLA Religion Database
  • 1-15Turner: The Way Forward in the Religious Study of African Primal Religions

  • Jim’s Journal at http://www.jim-mission.org.uk/journal/j200604.htm#j3
  •  Harries: Rationality, Reason, and Primitivism

  • Animism in Modern Societies

  • http://ijfm.org/archives.htm
    IJFM (Apr-Jn 1998)15,2
  •  Halverson: Animism: The Religion of the Tribal World

  • Jenkins: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
  • 108b-115Coming to Terms
  • 119d-124Coming to Terms

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 407-414#65 Hiebert: The Flaw of the Excluded Middle

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 10-12African Traditional Religion
  • 395-396Tribalism

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 371Olanade: African Sending

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 166-168Lesson 46 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 233-234China: Guizhou, Hainan
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes



Reflection Questions
  • What is the definition of “animism”? Using your readings as a guide, highlight important aspects of this concept which should be included in any definition of animism.


  • What other social/cultural attributes are characteristics of most “animists”?


  • What considerations should a cross-cultural worker have in mind when preparing for service among animists?


Notes