missiology

As many of you know, I have some interest in missiology. It is the natural intersection of anthropology and theology, and thus holds my attention. While in the midst of research I found this interesting missiological claim:

What need of foreign missions, added Professor Allan Hoben, when “Africa and Borneo and Alaska come to you. The fire-worshipper of ancient times, the fierce tribesman, the savage hunter and fisher, the religion-making nomad, the daring pirate, the bedecked barbarian, the elemental fighter with nature and fellow and rival of every kind, the master of the world in making–comes before you in dramatic and often pathetic array in the unfolding life of the ordinary boy.”

Clifford Putney (2001). Muscular Christianity: Manhood and Sports in Protestant America, 1880-1920

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~ by jeorgesmith on 1 October 2007.

One Response to “missiology”

  1. This reminds me of the sign that all parishioners must see as they exit the parking lot of San Rafael’s Catholic Church in San Diego. It reads:

    “You Are Now Entering Missions Territory.”

    Thus, the Romans seem to affirm that all people outside the Church are the target of missionary work… which I think is a good outlook.

    … but that’s just me.

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