The Very Popular Christian Missiologist And Anthropologist, Paul G. Hiebert

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In order to discuss how this course has affected my world view of the term “culture”, I find it necessary to define both of these terms, world view and culture. The very popular Christian missiologist and anthropologist, Paul G. Hiebert, describes the term “world view” as “the vital cognitive, and evaluative presuppositions a society of people generate about the nature of things, and which they use to structure their lives. Worldviews are what people in a community take as given realities, the maps they have of reality that they use for existing” (Heibert, 2008). This indicates that a world view is an instinctive view of universal and precise things as they are perceived rather than as they actually are. Hiebert also interprets the term “culture” as, “the integrated system of learned patterns of ideas, beliefs, behaviors and products characteristic of a society” (Hiebert, 1983). In all cultures, character, or rather, identity, is a product of their groups core beliefs or perception. These beliefs are developed from the information received growing up. Every culture instills messages about what they believe to be appropriate behavioral identities; who we are, and how we act. As well as, teaching core beliefs; which is, what is important and why. Since our cultures give us diverse interpretations about identity and meaning, our way of following our dreams and working out differences can cause or heighten conflicts. In my opinion, there is no wrong answer according to the…

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