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    Robert J. Priest

    Putting Witch Accusations on the Missiological Agenda: A Case from Northern Peru

    ...theological education in the West fails to substantively consider the theological and pastoral issues involved with witch ideologies.

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    Philip Gibbs

    Beyond the Fence: Confronting Witchcraft Accusations in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

    Sorcery and witchcraft beliefs and practices are common in Papua New Guinea, yet differ considerably throughout the country.... How can I as a missionary for over forty years in this region accompany the Christian community as they try to respond to an outbreak of witchcraft-related violence in their area?

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    Steven Rasmussen with Hannah Rasmussen

    Healing Communities:
    Contextualizing Responses to Witch Accusations

    Within the churches pastors need to act as the true healers, developing a new spiritual answer, but also treating the community’s relational tensions.... The level of suspicion of witchcraft against some has now diminished simply because they are cared for and accepted as part of a family.

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    Jon P. Kirby

    Toward a Christian Response to Witchcraft in Northern Ghana

    Violence emanating from witchcraft beliefs permeates Ghanaian life. Despite a Christian presence in northern Ghana for more than a century, witchcraft accusations persist there and, by all accounts, are increasing.... Furthermore, witchcraft beliefs seem to be the filter through which modern social institutions, including Christianity, are colored, interpreted, given new meanings, and dealt with.

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    J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

    Witchcraft Accusations and Christianity in Africa

    For the churches in Africa, evil preeminently includes witchcraft. In Africa, successful Christian ministry (i.e., ministry with significant personal relevance and impact) is impossible unless one takes into account the supernatural evil implied by the word “witchcraft.”

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Editorial

Witchcraft and Mission Studies

J. Nelson Jennings

Challenges presented by witchcraft and witch accusations have long been urgent concerns of countless Christian communities worldwide. Even so, the reality of witchcraft has escaped the notice of most missiologists and mission studies. This issue of the IBMR seeks to help rectify this discrepancy.

Martha Corey and seven others on trial

Contemporary Europeans and North Americans may blush at the early modern witch trials in Europe and in Europe’s North American colonies. Accordingly, modern Western theologians and missiologists have for generations conveniently turned a blind eye to such phenomena, which have been rumored to take place elsewhere. In actuality, however, witchcraft-related activities—including violent witch hunts directed toward women and children—stubbornly plague Christian communities all around the world. Missiologists must catch up with these acute, long-neglected spiritual and pastoral issues.

Today’s requisite missiological response to the realities of witchcraft must be honest, active engagement—even if my colleagues and I might not think that witches are cursing our own families or congregations. Missiologists as well as theologians—contextually bound as both are—must finally become fully engaged with the issues of spiritual agents, sociological dynamics, and people’s assumed universes.

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Contents

Putting Witch Accusations on the Missiological Agenda:
A Case from Northern Peru

Robert J. Priest

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...consider the theological and pastoral issues involved with witch ideologies.

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Beyond the Fence: Confronting Witchcraft Accusations in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

Philip Gibbs

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How can a missionary respond to an outbreak of witchcraft-related violence...

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Toward a Christian Response to Witchcraft in Northern Ghana

Jon P. Kirby

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...witchcraft beliefs seem to be the filter through which modern social institutions are colored, interpreted...

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Witchcraft Accusations and Christianity in Africa

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

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In Africa, successful Christian ministry takes into account the supernatural evil “witchcraft.”

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Christianity 2015: Religious Diversity and Personal Contact

Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo, Albert W. Hickman, and Peter F. Crossing

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Status of Global Christianity, 2015, in the Context of 1900–2050.

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My Pilgrimage in Mission

John P. Martin

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To live with a vision as brother, friend, and neighbor seemed to me quite sufficient motivation...

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Noteworthy

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Announcements, events, and personalia concerning the missions community.

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Book Reviews

Books

Read reviews about the latest book releases by scholars intimately familar with the subjects.

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Healing Communities: Contextualizing Responses to Witch Accusations

Steven D. H. Rasmussen,
with Hannah Rasmussen

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...pastors need to act as the true healers, developing a new spiritual answer, treating the community...

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The Legacy of Frank Arthur Keller

Kevin Xiyi Yao

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Keller mobilized local Chinese believers and organized them into itinerant evangelistic bands...

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Longing for Community: Church, Ummah, or Somewhere in Between? A Review Essay

Michael Nazir-Ali

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The chapters concentrate heavily on the questions of effective evangelism, conversion, and discipleship...

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Assembly of the International Association for Mission Studies, 2016—Call for Papers

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“Conversions and Transformations: Missiological Approaches to Religious Change” is the 2016 theme.

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The Roman Catholic Church Worldwide
(Changes from 2007 to 2012)

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Important and up-to-date research on Catholics and the Catholic Church worldwide.

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Dissertation Notices

Dissertations

See latest missiology dissertations and explore online database with over over 6,300 dissertations.

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Book Notes

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A list of notable books dealing with divergent missiological subjects that could spark your efforts...

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In Coming Issues

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A list of upcoming articles that include outstanding missionary figures of the ninteenth...

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