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Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change [Paperback]

By Paul G. Hiebert (Author)
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Revered anthropologist Paul Hiebert argues that effective missional work must reach beyond behaviors and beliefs to transform worldviews.

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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.

Awards and Recognitions
Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change by Paul G. Hiebert has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Winner - Missions/Global Affairs category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change by Paul G. Hiebert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 07/01/2008 page 54

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   367
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801027055  
ISBN13  9780801027055  

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More About Paul G. Hiebert

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The late Paul G. Hiebert (1932-2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, having 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.

Paul G. Hiebert was born in 1932.

Paul G. Hiebert has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Mission and Modern Culture

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A fantastic and important work  May 30, 2008
Transforming worldviews covers a full range of anthropological ideas and applies them to the concept of worldview. Scholarly in nature, its tone is readable and it applies important and diverse disciplines and concepts to thinking about worldview. This book is a major contribution. It is not just discussion of worldview but how worldviews are formed, how they may be critiqued and how they can be transformed. Very interesting discussions and applications of modernism, postmodernism, semiotics (sign theory), cultural analysis, and "glocalization." Plenty of illustrations and charts that assemble, systematize, illustrate and make understandable a vast array of information.

This book broke away from the typical simple and unhelpful discussions of worldview and places it within its scholarly debate and research. Hiebert deftly applies worldview to Christian missions and church work. He offers significant and helpful insights into ourselves and our culture as well as ways to engage and change.

Personally this work challenged my perceptions of worldview, knowledge and culture while introducing me to many new disciplines and concepts.

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