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by A. H. Mathias Zahniser,Darrell L. Whiteman


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Zahniser, A. H. Mathias. Symbol and Ceremony: Making Disciples across Cultures. Innovations in Mission). Monrovia, CA: MARC, 1997. Helps for Western Christians to understand the functions of symbols and ceremonies within cultures, and to learn how to use them for cross-cultural disciple-making among Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and traditional reli­ gionists while avoiding syncretism. NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS Bromley, David . and Phillip E. Hammond, eds.

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Landamath
This is a book applying anthropology to missiology. I am a Christian who borrowed it from a professor and loved it so much I had to have it, even for the $40 or so it cost me. (It is out of print.) It's hard for me to judge for others who are not Christian, but I think anyone would find the insights amazing (but maybe not for $40!)
Ance
Our team of missionary trainees (on location among an unreached people group) read and discussed this book together over a number of weeks and we found a lot to value in it. It helped us consider many of the local rituals/traditions and gave us a framework for examining them to find the primary symbols used to reinforce their traditional religious beliefs. It also helped us consider our own backgrounds in these areas and discover why certain of our own Christian religious experiences proved so instrumental in our own Christian development. And finally, it helped our team consider some practical ideas for helping new Christian believers in our location to be discipled well and to "bond" effectively to the Christian faith, without overlooking any significant areas in their life (as often happens with Western missions, a la Hiebert's "excluded middle"). We haven't actually had the opportunity to put any of these ideas into practice yet, as there are still no local Christian believers here. Yet this book is an excellent resource for us to reflect back on for the time that we will have some local Christian believers, and to help us plan ahead for discipling them deeply.

Though some parts of the book itself were repetitive, and Zahniser's description of other's research and theories wasn't always well-written, yet as a whole this book's primary focus and emphasis was invaluable, and each chapter helped to deeply ingrain on us the need for effective "cross-cultural discipling" through the use of "symbols and ceremonies". The oft-repeated phrase of "bonding to meaning" can best describe the goal of this book's approach to discipleship, and it's a phrase that will stick with me for a long time as we consider effective discipleship in our context here. I expect to refer to this book frequently over future years, to refresh my perspective and focus here.

I would recommend this book most of all to cross-cultural Christian workers, but even those working in a monocultural Western environment can find much benefit from the considerations here. Particularly in the history of American Protestantism, exemplified in Evangelicalism, we have lost much of the power of "symbol and ceremony" as described in this book. Yet post-modern trends and the "emerging church" demonstrate how much power can be found in these areas. Zahniser does a great job of pointing you in the right direction with a very well-laid academic foundation for it all. So in truth, this book can be an invaluable resource for *anyone* involved in discipleship, cross-cultural or within your home culture.
Symbol & Ceremony: Making Disciples Across Cultures (Innovations in Mission) download epub
Author: A. H. Mathias Zahniser,Darrell L. Whiteman
ISBN: 1887983058
Category: Religion & Spirituality
Language: English
Publisher: MARC Publications (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 236 pages