God's Image and Global Cultures

Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century

By Kenneth Nehrbass

God's Image and Global Cultures

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God's Image and Global Cultures

Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century

By Kenneth Nehrbass

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  • ISBN: 9781498239097
  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: 8/26/2016
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Globalization has raised numerous questions about theology and culture for Christians. How should we respond to outsourcing and immigration? How does anti-Western sentiment affect the proclamation of the gospel? What is the role of the church in society? This book argues that Christians will be most fulfilled and most effective if they embrace their cultural activity rather than feel ambivalent about it.
The central question of this book is, how does bearing God's image relate to cultural activity? Nehrbass explains that "spheres of culture," such as political, technological, and social structures, are systems that God has instilled in humans as his image bearers, so that they can glorify and enjoy him forever. Therefore, a theology of culture involves recognizing that the kingdom of God encompasses heaven and Earth, rather than pitting heaven against Earth.
The text surveys anthropological explanations for humanity's dependence on culture, and shows that each explanation provides only partial explanatory scope. The most satisfying explanation is that a major functional aspect of bearing God's image is engaging in culture, since the Trinity has been eternally engaged in cultural functions like ruling, communicating, and creating.
Each chapter contains a summary and questions about what it means to be a world-changer in the twenty-first century.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"God's Image and Global Cultures is a well-written and insightful exploration of the multiplicity of issues related to changing cultures in the globalized world. . . . [E]ssential reading for students of missiology, and for other Christian practitioners."
--Eloise Meneses, Professor of Anthropology, Eastern University

"Kenneth Nehrbass's book is a timely and needed work as it aims to assist the evangelical Christian in appropriately relating to global cultures while in the work of mission."
--Edward L. Smither, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University

"I starting reading (couldn't stop) and quickly realized that Nehrbass has written a book we need. [This book] is well written, well researched, and is a very readable introduction to a missiological theology for understanding the meaning of culture."
--Marcus Dean, Associate Professor, Intercultural Studies & Missions, Houghton College

"[This book] will take you down roads all have traveled, but few have sufficiently thought through the specifics. What is your theology of culture? How extensive and pervasive is it? Nehrbass will guide you through this foundational life-maze with clarity and comprehensiveness."
--Tom Steffen, Emeritus Professor of Intercultural Studies, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University

"This book is comprehensive and contemporary while not compromising theoretical and practical issues. I can't wait to use this book in my class."
--Hansung Kim, Assistant Professor, Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission

"Although likely to be considered controversial at points, I believe this book would be of interest for many involved in intercultural studies."
--Dave Beine, Professor of Intercultural Studies, Moody Bible Institute


"God's Image and Global Cultures is a well-written and insightful exploration of the multiplicity of issues related to changing cultures in the globalized world. Drawing upon anthropology, theology, and biblical studies, Kenneth Nehrbass opens up the world of culture to discover both the diversities and the universalities of human life and experience. Written from an evangelical perspective, the book presents a 'high' view of culture-making as part of what it means to be made in God's image. It concludes with evaluative tools and practical advice, making it essential reading for students of missiology, and for other Christian practitioners."
--Eloise Meneses, Professor of Anthropology, Eastern University

"Anthropologists and missiologists have always taught that global cultures were dynamic; however, the 21st century realities of globalization, urbanization, and migration have increasingly complicated cultures and how one perceives and responds to them. For this reason, Kenneth Nehrbass's book is a timely and needed work as it aims to assist the evangelical Christian in appropriately relating to global cultures while in the work of mission. Nehrbass combines evangelical convictions (a high view of Scripture) with training in cultural anthropology for a useful 21st century text on an evangelical theology of culture."
--Edward L. Smither, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University

"I starting reading (couldn't stop) and quickly realized that Kenneth Nehrbass has written a book we need. God's Image and Global Cultures is well-written, well-researched, and is a very readable introduction to a missiological theology for understanding the meaning of culture. He combines a solid multidisciplinary perspective with sound biblical thinking to focus on culture in relation to God's Kingdom. His focus on the image of God as the center of culture not only avoids pitfalls of other perspectives--and sets his arguments in current thought--but also establishes a solid foundation for intercultural ministry from a multicultural perspective with global engagement as the end goal. He convincingly points the reader to cultural pluralism as a Christian balance between ethnocentrism and philosophical relativism. This book will be on my students' textbook list."
--Marcus Dean, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missions, Houghton College

"God's Image and Global Cultures will take the reader down roads that all have traveled, but few have sufficiently thought through the specifics. What is your theology of culture? How extensive and pervasive is it? Kenneth Nehrbass will guide you through this foundational life-maze with clarity and comprehensiveness."
--Tom Steffen, Emeritus Professor of Intercultural Studies, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University

"Globalization does not leave us in our comfort zone. In fact, there is no comfort zone anymore. God tells you to go to a place that you have never been to and your zeal for God and theological training may only prove that you will be obedient and that you will have a steep cultural learning curve. To be a good Christian and cross-cultural worker today, one needs to study culture. Every year when I teach Cross-cultural Communication and Anthropology for Cross-cultural Ministry, I look for good textbooks for my students. While there are many good books on Christianity and culture, today's context cries for new books with new perspectives and approaches. Nehrbass's willingness to engage in the subject from today's perspective makes this book very interesting. His cross-cultural experience and knowledge of anthropological theory help him to do this well. Nehrbass poses questions and answers as if readers are in a conversation with him and the flow of the content is natural. This book is comprehensive and contemporary while not compromising theoretical and practical issues. I can't wait until I see a copy of this book on my desk and use it in my class."
--Hansung Kim, Assistant Professor, Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission, South Korea

"As a professor of intercultural studies I believe this book would be one that anyone who studies the theology of culture and globalization and the gospel would be interested in. Nehrbass identifies and explains emerging divergent sociological attitudes among Evangelical Christians (and others) in America and discusses important contemporary issues such as immigration, diversity, multiculturalism, Western exceptionalism, and stereotyping. His main focus is culture and missions--where the two connect and where they disconnect. The book addresses many important questions facing us in the 21st century (e.g. multiculturalism and diversity, globalism), and suggests a systematic approach to the study of culture. Although likely to be considered controversial at points, the book would be of interest for many involved in intercultural studies."
--Dave Beine, Professor of Intercultural Studies, Moody Bible Institute

Contributors-

Kenneth Nehrbass

Bio(s)-

Kenneth Nehrbass (PhD, Biola University) is Assistant Professor at the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University. He and his wife, Mendy, served with Wycliffe Bible Translators and completed a translation of the New Testament in the language of Southwest Tanna (Vanuatu). Kenneth also serves as a translation and anthropology consultant with SIL and The Seed Company. He is the author of Christianity and Animism in Melanesia.

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