Theological Education in Honor-Shame Cultures: Why Worldview Matters for Oral Learners?

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Wu, Jackson. "Theological Education in Honor-Shame Cultures: Why Worldview Matters for Oral Learners?" Orality Journal 3, no. 2 (2014).

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Oral cultures tend to share certain characteristics. For instance, many oral learners have an “honor-shame” worldview. By contrast, western missionaries are likely to emphasize themes like law and guilt. Even if the latter have good doctrine (“what” should we believe?) and strong communication skills (“how” to tell a story), a more basic problem remains. They do not speak the same “worldview language.” Therefore, missionaries may not answer the key “why” questions that matter most to oral learners. Worse still is that the missionaries potentially convey the notion that the Bible mainly speaks about Western concerns.

In this paper, I will briefly answer two important “why” questions. First, why do oral learners think the way they do? Second, why are honor and shame important for gospel ministry? I will conclude by suggesting a few applications for theological education.

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Orality Journal
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