Cultural Integration and the Gospel in Vietnamese Mission Theology: A Paradigm Shift

Cultural Integration and the Gospel in Vietnamese Mission Theology: A Paradigm Shift

by KimSon Nguyen

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Postcolonial Vietnam has an urgent need for contextualized theology of mission, God, Christ, and the church that is rooted in indigenous cultural traditions and the dual Vietnamese spirit of resistance and assimilation. Dr KimSon Nguyen navigates the religio-cultural dimensions of Vietnamese spirituality and Daoism that have hindered the assimilation of the Christian faith in the Vietnamese context and explores a fresh approach to missiology in Vietnam. Dr Nguyen draws upon his deep knowledge of Vietnamese evangelical history to analyze contextualization and mission theology in Vietnam. He proposes an evangelical theology of God as Ðạo (way / 道), the centrality of the Vietnamese home as the “house of the Lord,” and ancestor veneration as a theological framework for an indigenous theology of the family. Narrowing the gap between culturally removed evangelical missionary practice and widespread syncretistic spirituality in Vietnam, Nguyen calls for a paradigm shift in Vietnamese mission theology that is both robustly evangelical and authentically Vietnamese.

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ISBN-13: 9781783687398
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 11/14/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 302
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Abstract
  3. List of Abbreviations
  4. Introduction
    1. Problem Statement
    2. Significance of the Study
    3. Context and Key Definitions
    4. Limitations of the Study
    5. Outline and Methodology

  5. Chapter 1 East Asian Syncretistic Context
    1. Encountering Christianity
      1. Daoism
      2. Philosophical Daoism

    2. Religious Daoism
    3. Confucianism
      1. Heaven
      2. The “Way” of Man
      3. Encountering Buddhism

  6. Chapter 2 Contextualization in Christian Mission Theology
    1. “Outsider” View
      1. Communication
      2. Interpretation
      3. Syncretism

    2. Alternative Evangelical View
      1. Within Cultural Context
      2. God’s Intention
      3. Translatable Faith

    3. Chapters 1 and 2 Conclusion

  7. Chapter 3 Vietnamese Syncretistic Spirituality
    1. Popular Animist Beliefs
      1. Belief in the Twenty-Seven Spirits
      2. Ancestor Veneration

    2. Syncretistic Spirituality
      1. Encountering the Three Teachings
      2. Rationalizing the Essentials
      3. Belief in Heaven and Other Folk Beliefs

    3. Contextual Integrated Belief
      1. The Way of Heaven
      2. Unifying Spirituality

    4. Chapter Conclusion

  8. Chapter 4 Christian Missionary Movements in Vietnam
    1. Early Accounts of Christianity
    2. French Protestant Missions in Resurgence
    3. Protestant Evangelization
      1. From the Pioneering Stage to the National Church
      2. French Protestant Mission Initiative.
      3. Attitudes toward Vietnamese Socio-Cultural and Religious Contexts

    4. Chapter Conclusion

  9. Chapter 5 Christian Faith in Context
    1. A Catholic Attempt at Addressing the “Three Teachings”
    2. Protestant Missions in the Colonial Context
      1. Christian Mission and Colonization
      2. The Adjectives American and français

    3. “Foreign” Faith: An Issue of the Vietnamese Evangelicals
      1. “The Fourfold Gospel”
      2. Evangelism and Conversion: Tension with the Culture
      3. Fundamentalist Doctrines

    4. Chapter Conclusion

  10. Chapter 6 A Paradigm Shift Proposal for Vietnamese Mission Theology
    1. Mission Theological Principles
      1. Being Asian Evangelical
      2. Early Christian Assimilation Efforts
      3. Vietnamese Evangelical Mission Theology

    2. God in Our Midst: A Vietnamese Concept of God
      1. The Đạo
      2. The Supreme One

    3. God with Us: A Vietnamese Hermeneutic
      1. Jesus Christ: The Incarnate God
      2. The Church: The Center of God’s Purpose

    4. Chapter Conclusion

  11. Conclusion Theological Missiological Reflections
  12. Appendix Inculturation vs Contextualization
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index of Names
  15. Index of Subjects

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