A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices. Folk religious practices frequently continue hidden from view under an overlay of Christianity. The authors offer a compelling model that accounts for the continued persistence of folk religions. Arguing that Western missionaries have failed to take the traditions seriously, they present a richly detailed portrait of the belief systems and practices that characterize folk religions. Illustrated throughout with numerous charts and examples.
Effective evangelization requires that the message of the gospel be made relevant and understandable to a particular society. Difficulties arise when missionaries attempt either to suppress the practice of folk religions or to assimilate native rites and rituals uncritically. In neither case, do they adequately consider the importance that such beliefs and practices play in the daily lives of people.
Folk religions explain "the existential problems of everyday life" for their respective cultures. They are a social attempt to account for the problems of material existence and to exercise a degree of control over it. In particular, the authors consider four life concerns that inform the belief systems of folk religions: the threat of death, tragedies and life's misfortunes, guidance and the unknown, and the problem of right, wrong, and moral order. In each case, they consider the importance of such issues and elements that might be involved in a truly Christian response. In the final section, they offer a detailed proposal for theological and missiological responses to folk religions. 416 pages
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