Mission Theology and History Topic: Mission Theology and History details: CTW104 /224 session: 4; Christian mission to India & China
Connecting learning – Eurocentrism, cultural baggage ... Wiifm? Leads to help think about Religion and culture, contextualisation, evangelim to other religions ... Outline : Look at some episodes of particular interest from Indian and Chinese history.
Syrian merchants and monks Synod 410 AD Mongolia: Kerait people
<ul><li>Mission Theology and History </li></ul>Roberto Nobili (arrives 1605 at Madurai)
<ul><li>Mission Theology and History </li></ul>Lutherans (Danish) arrive 1706 at Tranquebar
<ul><li>Mission Theology and History </li></ul>Henry Martyn (1781-1812) ... was born in 1781, studied at Cambridge, he won the Cambridge University annual mathematics problem-solving competition, He had, moreover, a considerable facility in languages. Under the encouragement of Charles Simeon, he abandoned his intention of going into law and instead went to India as a chaplain in 1806. In the six remaining years of his life, he translated the New Testament into Hindi and Persian, revised an Arabic translation of the New Testament, and translated the Psalter into Persian and the Prayer Book into Hindi. In 1811 he left India for Persia, hoping to do further translations and to improve his existing ones. He fell ill and eventually died at Tokat on October 16, 1812.
William Carey (1761-1834) 1761 Born at Paulerspury, Northampton. 1783 Baptized by Mr. Ryland, October 5. 1786 Called to the ministry at Olney. 1792 Baptist Missionary Society formed. 1793 Appointed missionary to India, Jan 10. Arrived in Calcutta, November 11. 1796 Baptized a Portuguese, his first convert. 1800 Bap'd Krishna Pal, 1st Bengali convert. 1801 New Testament in Bengali, . 1809 Complete Bible in Bengali. 1811 New Testament in Marathi published. 1815 New Testament in Punjabi published. 1820 Founded the Agricultural and Horticultural Society. # 1825 Completed Dictionary of Bengali and English. # 1826 Government gave Carey "Grant in Aid" for education. # 1829 Sati prohibited through Carey's efforts, December 4. # 1834 Died at Serampore, June 9
John Roberts, Wind River . The Wind River Indian Reservation was established for the Eastern Shoshone Indians in 1868. Revd John Roberts came in 1883 and started an Episcopal Mission near Fort Washakie.
Groups: worksheet exercise. About 20 mins to work on questions with a view to very brief feedback.
Mission Theology and History Topic: Mission Theology and History details: CTW104 /224 session: 4a; Communication matters.
Groups. Question : What human factors limit our ability to appreciate what other people try to communicate to us? . About 5 mins to feedback.
Limits to communication : 1. Some things are not revealed . 2. Our ability to understand may be limited. 3. Our sin may interfere (impure motives etc) 4. Cultural conditioning skews or hides ... 5. Personal circumstances or experience.
Limits to communication : 1. Some things are not revealed . 2. Our ability to understand may be limited. 3. Our sin may interfere (impure motives etc) 4. Cultural conditioning skews or hides ... 5. Personal circumstances or experience. These apply to our 'hearing' from God and to communicating the gospel. Any examples?
Communication, culture and scripture : What cultures are represented in Scripture? Concerns are not always ours: -discussion of evangelism & social action? or fair trade? Do different cultural backgrounds cause us difficulties in understanding Scripture? How?
Communication, culture and scripture : Missing stuff: What do we tend to miss, culturally, about the story of the woman at the well? Why do we miss it? How about Biblical images of sheep, sowing, levirate marriage ...
Communication, culture and scripture : Plain meaning: “ That fox Herod” says what about Herod? Was Jesus disrespectful to Mary? (In Temple, and at Cana)
Communication, culture and scripture : 'Plain' meaning: Some Nigerians thought to see Ps 23 for Jesus meant he would be insane; only the mad and young boys tend sheep. The Sawi in PNG: applauded Judas ... Many Chinese see the Dragon in Revelation positively.
Groups. What misunderstandings have you come across about gospel, church, Christian faith? How far are they about cultural assumptions?