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Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change

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In the past, changes in behavior and in belief have been leading indicators for missionaries that Christian conversion had occurred. But these alone--or even together--are insufficient for a gospel understanding of conversion. For effective biblical mission, Paul G. Hiebert argues, we must add a third element: a change in worldview. Here he offers a comprehensive study of ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Baker Academic
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Jul 28, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Out of the 30 books I've read so far this year and the 6 or 7 of a theological/missiological nature, this is the meatiest of all (It's probably also one of the fattest at 333 pages). I would highly recommend it not just for Christian international workers, but especially for North American pastors and Christian workers as well, as all too often we are completely blind to the assumptions that lie behind our worldviews as they persist unchallenged in our host cultures.

Beginning with the concept an
Josh Davis
Oct 24, 2016 Josh Davis rated it really liked it
Heavy read -- took me a while to get through, but Hiebert is well worth the time. He breaks down the different worldviews that have existed over the last couple of generations, concluding with chapters on a biblical worldview and how worldviews are transformed. Helpful if you are talking to someone with a worldview different than your own.
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Nov 11, 2011 Josh Meares rated it really liked it
This is not a good book, in the sense of being well-written or engaging. But it is an important book. Paul Hiebert is a well-respected missiologist and anthropologist and this is his final work. It truly shows how deeply he has thought about worldview, and how engaged he was in dissecting the modern and postmodern worldviews. It also shows just how to difficult it is to distance oneself from one's own worldview. Even as he is writing this book, he is utilizing the philosophical and educational ...more
Feb 13, 2013 John rated it really liked it
Showing the occasional signs of its provenance as a posthumous work edited by several others, taken from lecture notes as well as publication-quality work, this book nonetheless offers a wealth of heuristics for conceiving how people of different outlooks can understand and communicate with each other. Aimed at his fellow evangelical Christians, it is a book that cannot fail to sophisticate (further) anyone who reads it, short of another anthropologically inclined missiologist such as Hiebert ...more
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Sep 11, 2009 Thomas Freeman rated it it was amazing
I have not read every chapter of this book.

The book lays a premise at the beginning and then dives into a thorough discussion of the details. Primarily he explains an overview of world views and what develops/influences them. His details look at this in light of missological concerns.

It closes with a look at what is necessary to transform and change a world view. This is at the heartbeat of all evangelism and discipleship.

I found the beginning and end of this book to be invaluable and highly re
Apr 23, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
This book shows its provenance as a posthumous compilation of Hiebert's class notes. It is sometimes a monotonous read and at various sections you will have re-read the same idea (and even sometimes the same paragraph verbatim) two or three times.

That being said, the content is very good and you will find yourself stretched and enlightened by Hiebert's analysis of worldviews and how people change. I found the last chapter on changing worldviews incredibly practical and pastoral.
I have to say not my favorite book... not in a long shot I actually thought it had some good things but was way too much didn't help I didn't like the class but my gosh this was a hard book to read.
Andy Hickman
Feb 05, 2015 Andy Hickman rated it really liked it
Solid work, definitive resource.

Hiebert, Paul G. Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2009.
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May 28, 2009 Brent Barnard rated it liked it
Hmmm... I looked at this book two years ago and am having trouble remembering it. I don't remember it being so very helpful...
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Mar 23, 2016 Josh L. rated it it was amazing
So through and well-developed as to be near-epic in scope. If you find a more definitve and well-written book on anthropological missiology, let me know.
Jul 04, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seminary, missions
Very eye opening and thorough. I was overwhelmed in many ways just by the compactness of the amount of information in this book. It's a book I want to revisit and spend more time with.
Apr 21, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
If you deal with people, and not just missions, you really need to understand the basic definitions that Paul brings to the table!
Great read! but its not a lite read!
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