Foundational Readings in Folk Religion

This bibliography provides foundational texts helping current and future missionaries to understand communicating Christ in animistic contexts. Another, more comprehensive bibliography, which will be online soon, will enable the researcher to find materials on certain topics (like divination) or about certain types of animism in the world (like Spiritism of Brazil, Cargo Cult in Melanesia, Voodoo in Haiti, African Traditional Religion, or New Age). If you have any suggestions or recommendations about this list, please contact Gailyn Van Rheenen.

Arnold, Clinton A.  1989.  Ephesians:  Power and Magic.  Grand Rapids, Baker. 

_________.  1992.  Powers of Darkness:  Principalities & Powers in Paul's Letters.  Downers Grove:  InterVarsity Press. 

_________.  1996.  The Colossian Syncretism:  The Interface between Christianity and Folk Belief in Colossae.  Grand Rapids, Baker. 

Boyd, Gregory A.  1997.  God at War:  The Bible & Spiritual Conflict.  Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press.   

_________.  2000.  Satan and the Problem of Evil:  Constructing a Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy.  Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press.   

Burnett, David. 1988. Unearthly Powers. Eastbourne: MARC.

Cooper, Michael T.  2005.  Jesus in the Pagan West:  Missiological Reflections on Evangelism in Re-Enchanted Europe.  In The Centrality of Christ in Contemporary Missions (eds. Mike Barnett and Michael Pocock):165-194.  Pasadena:  William Carey Library

Hexham, Stephen Rost & John W. Morelenad II., eds.  2004. Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Evangelical Approach.  Grand Rapids:  Kregel. 

Hiebert, Paul G., R. Daniel Shaw, & Tite Tienou. 1999. Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

Hiebert, Paul G. 1982. The flaw of the excluded middle.  Missiology. Vol. X, No. 1 (January 1982): 35-47.

Love, Rick. 2000. Muslims, Magic and the Kingdom of God. Pasadena: William Carey Library.

Moreau, A. Scott. Ed. 2002. Deliver Us from Evil: An Uneasy Frontier in Christian Mission. Monrovia, California: World Vision Publications.

Musk, Bill.  1989, 2003. The Unseen Face of Islam.  Grand Rapids:  Monarch Books.

Page, Sydney H.T.  1995.  Powers of Evil:  A Biblical Study of Satan and Demons.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Books.

Steyne, Philip M. 1989. Gods of Power. Houston: Touch Publications.

Van Rheenen, Gailyn. 1996. Communicating Christ in Animistic Contexts. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

_________. 1993. Cultural conceptions of power in biblical perspective. Missiology. Vol. XXI, No. 1 (January 1993): 41-53.

_________.  2005.  Theology of Power.  Evangelical Missions Quarterly.  Vol. 41, No. 1 (January 2005):32-38.

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