The Beasts, the Graves, and the Ghosts: A Study of Contextualized Preaching during Chinese Festivals

The Beasts, the Graves, and the Ghosts: A Study of Contextualized Preaching during Chinese Festivals

by Hann Tzuu Joey Tan

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At the heart of the gospel is the message of the incarnation: God translating himself into the context of human culture and language so we might know him. Far from coming to an end with Christ’s life on earth, this process of contextualization is ongoing, reoccurring every time the gospel encounters the particularities of society and culture. In this book, Hann Tzuu Tan explores the significance of contextualized preaching within the Chinese context. Against the backdrop of three major festivals – the Spring Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, and the Hungry Ghost Festival – Tan examines the practices of six experienced Chinese preachers in order to demonstrate the theological and practical importance of contextualized preaching. As a result of his research, Tan suggests six main principles for contextual preaching – principles that are rooted within a Chinese context, yet applicable to anyone seeking to express the gospel’s relevance within a particular cultural setting. Combining insights from biblical studies, applied theology, and ethnography, this interdisciplinary study will enrich one’s understanding of Chinese culture, the gospel, and the important and necessary work of contextualization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781839730276
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 06/17/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 418
File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Approach on Chinese Literature, Translation, and Transliteration
  4. Chapter 1 Introduction
    1. Background to the Study
    2. The Study of Chinese Culture
    3. Aim of the Research
    4. Objectives of the Study
    5. Research Methodology
    6. Research Questions
    7. Significance of the Study
    8. Delimitations of the Study
    9. Definition of Terms
    10. Outline of the Study

  5. Chapter 2 Literature Review on Issues of Contextualization
    1. The Ecumenical Movement in the Twentieth Century
    2. The Emergence of Contextualization
    3. Definitions of Contextualization
    4. Approaches to Contextualization
    5. Syncretism
    6. Examples of Contextualization from the New Testament
    7. Contextualized Preaching
    8. Contextualization in the Chinese Cultural Context
    9. Summary

  6. Chapter 3 Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Chinese Folk Religion
    1. Confucianism
    2. Taoism
    3. Buddhism
    4. Chinese Folk Religion
    5. Summary

  7. Chapter 4 Research Methods
    1. Qualitative Field Research of Three Chinese Festivals
    2. Qualitative Interviews with Chinese Preachers

  8. Chapter 5 Exploratory Study of the Three Festivals
    1. Field Research on the Spring Festival
    2. Field Research on the Qing Ming Festival
    3. Field Research on the Hungry Ghost Festival
    4. Summary

  9. Chapter 6 Chinese Preachers’ Perceptions and Practices of Contextualized Preaching at Three Chinese Festivals
    1. The Chinese Preachers Agree That Contextualized Preaching Is Important
    2. Regarding the Spring Festival
    3. Regarding the Qing Ming Festival
    4. Regarding the Hungry Ghost Festival
    5. Summary

  10. Chapter 7 Theological Reflections of the Cult of the Dead and the Spiritual Realm
    1. Theological Reflections on the Cult of the Dead
    2. Theological Reflections on the Spiritual Realm
    3. Summary

  11. Chapter 8 Principles for Formulating Contextualized Preaching to Chinese People
    1. Principle 1: Contextualization is important in preaching, even when the Chinese preacher shares the same cultural background with the audience
    2. Principle 2: Contextualized preaching includes both affirmation and confrontation
    3. Principle 3: The theme of harmony is appropriate for contextualized preaching among the Chinese, particularly during the Spring Festival
    4. Principle 4: The theme of filial piety is appropriate for contextualized preaching among the Chinese, particularly during the Qing Ming Festival
    5. Principle 5: Preaching about the spiritual realm is appropriate during the Hungry Ghost Festival
    6. Principle 6: Choosing an appropriate metaphor for contextualized preaching in the Chinese culture is essential
    7. Summary

  12. Chapter 9 Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations
    1. Summary
    2. Conclusions
    3. Recommendations
    4. Concluding Remarks

  13. Appendix
  14. Bibliography

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