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CMIN 201 (Sp '17) T15 - Folk/Traditional Religions
Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '17) T15 - Folk/Traditional Religions
Key Questions of Folk Religions
and justice and the problem of
to decide and the problem of the
in this life and the problem of
and the problem of
is related to ancestors, demons, witches, local gods, magic and astrology
- health in Scripture
In order to guarantee success,
God speaks to humans in:
Why is there injustice and why am I wronged?
It is not enough to say that this will never happen to Christ followers
We need to have a
of sin and holiness, of purity and pollution.
Local churches should be
model a biblical response
God can use
suffering for good
We are called to
sufferings of Christ
of the human story is not suffering, but
The church is to
speak out against
Choose a belief system ("toolbox") to explain it
Diagnose the cause using this system
Select a remedy and apply it
to the people
in crisis (! magic !)
- a theology of suffering
trinitarian view of God
seek hidden knowledge
from gods, spirits, and ancestors
Two general principles of divine guidance
God opens and closes doors through circumstances
- his word
All Christ followers need to learn to be dependent on God.
- community of faith
Marks of Formal Religions
claim to offer
universal cosmic truth
have written texts, defined theologies, temples, etc.
led by trained religious
refers to the religious beliefs and practices of the
Small Kin-based Societies
local forms of
only a part
of common people's lives
they are dealing with the crises of their
they turn to
Religion is shared by all
the members of the community
, ancestors, lands, and people
- Why do I exist?
- What will be my end?
Key Questions of Formal Religions
- Where do I come from?
real questions about death
A Christian response:
- Why and why now?
- How will this affect
me and my family?
- new meaning in death
loved ones meet
meaning is given to life through
A Christian response:
- personal stories,
- group stories,
- and cosmic drama
- show them how
their lives are
God's cosmic story
A Christian response:
In Christ we have a . . .
- in becoming,
- in belonging,
- in having a home,
- in doing and
view of possessions
- in being,
over death and the
You want to become successful.
How can you achieve this?
Hard work and careful planning
Visit the Hozenji temple for business success
How do you respond to someone who likes to read his/her horoscope?
as people grow in faith)
about divine guidance
Humans must guess God's will.
God's will is one option among many.
God has only one perfect plan for his children.
A magical approach to divine guidance.
God makes all decisions for his children.
The heart of the gospel is people.
is one of the
to become a true Christ-follower.
How do we relate the gospel to folk religious people?
Christianity began as a folk movement.
-> don't try to stamp them out!
Bring them under the
lordship of Christ.
Sources and Image Credit
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crystal ball; https://pixabay.com/en/psychics-crystal-ball-fortune-teller-1026092/.
world trade center; https://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/4428688046/in/photolist-7KmbEs-abs3aD-gC77bx-bBiGAt-nawoAF-8PxpeC-eYzc2G-cuSmE3-6o5oYD-qDTGgu-5kBxPi-akvJfS-fwdgiT-cJGVPU-pPPWUx-6X5X8C-FWq1Mn-gqK3L-pPPYDe-pDa8NR-qb96HP-fwdfWR-bDjXKK-Dm4Zj-DpMwq4-qu2T6o-8zoiBL-8zoiBu-B2DRij-bBB7P3-s1V4Bf-8A9Vtx-e7AzoW-cuSmAJ-bxKrLs-5vHLSp-okMpsy-qTjxaM-o3UMNE-5oy7Cy-bCqCsm-c1sR8L-pX9h1D-baF6-fwPHDZ-s7tY7i-f8bXFG-fwsBPf-euAUKr-dn2AHG/
Dome of the Rock; https://pixabay.com/en/dome-of-the-rock-mosque-islam-dome-574488/
Hozenji temple; https://www.flickr.com/photos/24328671@N07/9206315049/in/photolist-3Xkfz7-f2wLHP-brAiJW-87Na5P-87RnL7-87NbNk-87Ro5S-87NaAZ-f2wQ9x-piVetu-pApTbt-f2M4Tb-3Xg1cP-f2M3aY-3XfBU8-9PSoEX-4jfz6g-4jfAH4-3XfTQX-4jjD9Q-4jfzVc-4jjDWC
- How do I differentiate between good and bad?