Understanding Spiritual Power: A Forgotten Dimension of Cross-Cultural Mission and Ministry

Understanding Spiritual Power: A Forgotten Dimension of Cross-Cultural Mission and Ministry

by Marguerite G. Kraft
     
 

ISBN-10: 157075036X

ISBN-13: 9781570750366

Pub. Date: 09/01/1995

Publisher: Orbis Books

Understanding Spiritual Power addresses the dynamics of the felt need for spiritual power in relation to a people's assumptions, values, and commitments, in order to provide a foundation for meaningful Christian witness in "power-oriented" societies. The Western Church, Kraft argues, under pressure from modern rationalism, has largely lost awareness of God's power and…  See more details below

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Understanding Spiritual Power addresses the dynamics of the felt need for spiritual power in relation to a people's assumptions, values, and commitments, in order to provide a foundation for meaningful Christian witness in "power-oriented" societies. The Western Church, Kraft argues, under pressure from modern rationalism, has largely lost awareness of God's power and position vis-a-vis the "spiritual realm" so important in other societies. (Indeed, this loss of "power" could be one reason for the interest in Eastern and New Age philosophies on the part of Westerners disillusioned with the modern worldview.). Having worked among the Kamwe in Nigeria, the Thai in Asia, and the Navajo in North America, Kraft focuses on specific ways in which people in these three societies view reality and suggests how the gospel can be articulated in forms they can understand. Understanding Spiritual Power offers a theological as well as a practical perspective on spiritual power. By exploring living societies, providing examples and case studies, and offering specific strategies, this book makes a powerful case for rethinking and recasting traditional missiological methods. At the same time, it helps Western Christians "with ears to hear" question whether they might not learn as much from those with whom they work as they seek to teach.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570750366
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Series:
American Society of Missiology Series, #22
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface
1Secularizing Christianity3
2Spiritual Power and Felt Needs12
3Spiritual Power and Worldview20
4The Problem with a Western Worldview31
5Theology and the Powers39
6Spiritual Power and the Bible50
7Sample Case Studies67
8Investigating Supernaturalism79
9Modernization and Concepts of Spiritual Power88
10Worldview Change in the Case Studies97
11Missiological Application111
12Conclusion125
References Cited133
Index141

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