Transforming Worldviews : An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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In the past, changes in behavior and in belief have been leading indicators for missionaries that Christian conversion had occurred. But these alone--or even together--are insufficient for a gospel understanding of conversion. For effective biblical mission, Paul G. Hiebert argues, we must add a third element: a change in worldview. Here he offers a comprehensive study of worldview--its philosophy, its history, its characteristics, and the means for understanding it. He then provides a detailed analysis of several worldviews that missionaries must engage today, addressing the impact of each on Christianity and mission. A biblical worldview is outlined for comparison. Finally, Hiebert argues for gospel ministry that seeks to transform people's worldviews and offers suggestions for how to do so.

Author Biography

Paul G. Hiebert (1933-2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also served as a pastor and missionary to India. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books in the fields of anthropology and missions.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. 7
The Concept of Worldviewp. 13
Characteristics of Worldviewsp. 31
Worldviews in Human Contextsp. 71
Methods for Analyzing Worldviewsp. 89
Worldviews of Small-Scale Oral Societiesp. 105
Peasant Worldviewsp. 123
The Modern Worldviewp. 141
The Worldview of Late Modernity or Postmodernityp. 211
The Post-Postmodern or Glocal Worldviewp. 241
Toward a Biblical Worldviewp. 265
Transforming Worldviewsp. 307
A Model for Worldview Analysisp. 335
A Comparison of American and Indian Worldviewsp. 337
Modern/Postmodern Shiftp. 345
References Citedp. 347
Indexp. 359
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