Week 1, Classmate Response, Matt Guy

October 2, 2007

I appreciate Matt’s thoughts on how the Bible in times of colonization could be used manipulatively to control the colonized. His suggestion that “we should do all we can to have indigenous people view the Bible not as the West’s book, but as a book belonging to their own culture” stirred my thinking. I realize I have not thought extensively about how the Bible should be communicated crossculturally. I wonder if it is more important that the Bible is identified not as the West’s book, or any other culture’s, but as a book from God to the world. How does one faithfully share the Bible’s message with others without sacrificing truth in the process of contextualization?

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One Response to “Week 1, Classmate Response, Matt Guy”

  1. wess Says:

    “I wonder if it is more important that the Bible is identified not as the West’s book, or any other culture’s, but as a book from God to the world.”

    That should change the way we view who’s book it is, but I wonder if when we even say “it’s God’s book” we have the potential to impose our Western version of God into that statement.


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