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Observations

Throwback: Lamin Sanneh on Religious Language

The Christian approach to translatability …shows… ordinary men and women as worthy bearers of the religious message.

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Church: World

Lamin Sanneh: 1942-2019

One of the most important Christian thinkers and influencers in the world died yesterday. Sadly, most evangelicals in Britain will not even have heard of him.

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Bible Translation

Lamin Sanneh on Religious Language

Because of its concern for translations that employ the speech of the common workaday world, Christian proclamation has had a populist element. In many traditional societies, religious language has tended to be confined to a small elite of professionals. In extreme cases, this language is shrouded under the forbidding sanctions of secret societies and shrines, […]

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Observations

Bible Translation and Colonialism

It is one of the interesting ironies of the Western missionary enterprise that the evangelical motive actually helped to shield indigenous populations from the unmitigated assault of the West and that through the elevation of the vernacular in translation, missions furnished the critical language for evaluating the West in its secular and religious impact.

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Observations

Getting To Know The World Church: 2

Some suggestions for reading and places to look if you want to know more about what God is doing in the world today.

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Observations

Reflections on Bible Translation

The centre of this Good News is the creation of indigenous redeemed communities expressing the Gospel manifold cultures and all adding together to create a symphony of praise to our God.

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Observations

Reasons for Bible Translation: The Bible

The way in which the Bible is written shows that translation is permissible – but we can’t say more than that.

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Mission

Some Quotes on Globalisation

This new situation also has consequences for how we think about mission. The most obvious is that mission is no longer a Western monopoly or privilege.

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Bible Translation

Mission, Colonialism and the Imperative of Translation

The current research has challenged the standard accusation against Christian mission according to which it constituted “colonization of the mind.” Similarly, the accusation that missionaries served as agents of “cultural imperialism” has been subjected to critique.

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Mission

Readings in Mission and World Christianity

Books that any student of mission studies or world Christianity must read.