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COMM 301 (Fa '15) T04 - Worldview and Intercultural Communication

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Transcript of COMM 301 (Fa '15) T04 - Worldview and Intercultural Communication

Worldview and Intercultural Communication
What Is a Worldview?
- explores the theories behind the core
of a culture
Sources and Image Credit
Adopted key thoughts from Paul Hiebert's Worldview Model: Understanding Cultural Encounters; http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/HJSA/article/view/7041/5691 and Paul G. Hiebert,
Transforming Worldviews
(Baker Academic, 2008).
helps to understand, evaluate, and judge reality
Three Dimensions of a Culture
- the cognitive, affective, and evaluative
- a set of assumptions about reality which
lies behind the beliefs and behavior of a
The Cognitive Dimension
- knowledge which is shared by
members of a community
- people explain reality on the basis of
what they perceive
- provides people a concept
of time, self, and space
The Affective Dimension
- about feelings, emotions and sensations
- People in one culture like spicy food, in
another sweet or mild
The Evaluative Dimension
- judges human relationships to be moral or immoral
- a guideline to judge, and to determine truth and
error, like and dislike
- each culture has its own ethical code and culturally
defined sins
Levels of Culture
below the surface level beliefs,
such as myths, rituals, dramas,
and songs exist
- the surface understanding of a culture cannot give
the root causes of encounters
Adopted Figure 1.2 from Paul G. Hiebert,
Transforming Worldviews
(Baker Academic, 2008), 26.
Ibid., 33.
Transforming Worldviews
- spiritual transformation is the work of God in the
life of a sinner
- has a human dimension
Intrinsic (Bounded) - Relational (Centered) Sets
set of beliefs and practices
Do you believe this to be true?
Christians must also live godly lives
single decision
initial decision
Did you turn to God and reject false gods?
Cognitive Transformation
- a person with minimal knowledge of Christ
may seek more
- knowing the Lord is not enough
Affective Transformation
- it is not enough to have a full head; one must
also have a full heart
- do people come to a church and "feel at home"?
- we are witnesses to a new life
- feelings are caught, not taught
- feelings are part in the process of spiritual
Evaluative Transformation
- called to be holy people
- most neglected area in Christian transformation
- we think about things, have feelings about them,
and then evaluate them, decide, and take action
- enduring transformations are the result of many
decisions to adopt and develop a new worldview
- an initial "no" may not be final, more a "not yet"
Implications for Missions
- follow-up becomes critical in nurturing faith
- focus on transformation of communities into churches
capable of testing the faithfulness to the gospel
- don't get discouraged by initial rejection
- there must be evidences of repentance, discipleship,
and turning to God
Conversion is a basic change in life direction
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