Eunice L. Irwin



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Required Reading 2000 World of the Spirits: A Christian Perspective on Traditional and Folk Religions. London: Monarch Books. Costello, Damian 2005 Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. Maryknoll, NY: Burnett, David Eliade, Mircea Orbis Books. 1959 The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. Translated by Willard R. Trask. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. Hiebert, Paul G., Daniel Shaw & Tite Tienou 1999 Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. Niehardt, John G. 1959 [1932] Black Elk Speaks. Pocket Books. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. Required articles (5) from MW 725 Course Reading Packet: Bill A. Musk, “Popular Islam: The Hunger of the Heart” Charles and Marguerite Kraft, “The Power of God for Christians Who Ride Two Horses” Paul G. Hiebert, “Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Perspectives” Mathias Zahniser, “Ritual Process and Christian Discipling: Contextualizing A Buddhist Rite of Passage” Michael A. Perry, “ACTS in Progress: A Diacronic Overview of Kimbanguism” Recommended Reading Achebe, Chinua 1959 Things Fall Apart. New York, NY: Anchor Books (Doubleday). Bediako, Kwame 1994 Christianity in Africa: The Renewal of a Non-Western Religion. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Burnett, David 1990 Clash of Worlds. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. Ching, Julia 1993Chinese Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Donovan, Vincent J. 1978 Christianity Rediscovered. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Galileo, Segundo 1988 The Challenge of Popular Religiosity. Quezon City, Philippines: Claretian Press. Hefner, Robert, ed. 1993Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on A Great Transformation. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Hultkrantz, Ake 1979 [1967] The Religions of the American Indians. Translated by Monica Setterwal. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Ingham, John M. 1986 Mary, Michael & Lucifer: Folk Catholicism in Central Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press. Keysser, Christian 1980 A People Reborn. Translated by Alfred Allin & John Kuder. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library Kirwin, Michael 1994The Missionary and the Diviner. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Kraft, Marguerite G. 1995 Understanding Spiritual Power: A Forgotten Dimension of Cross-Cultural Mission and Ministry. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Lohfink, Norbert 1994 Theology of the Pentateuch: Themes of the Priestly Narrative and Deuteronomy. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. Lowe, Chuck 2001 Honoring God and Family: A Christian Response to Idol Food in Chinese Popular Religion. Bangalore, India: Theological Book Trust. Magesa, Laurenti 1997 African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life. Maryknoll, NY: McAlpine, Thomas H. 1991 Facing the Powers: What are the Options? Monrovia, CA: MARC Olson, Bruce E. 1973 Bruchko. Carol Stream, IL: Creation House. Paden, William E. 1988 Religious Worlds: The Comparative Study of Religion. Boston: Beacon. Richardson, Don 1981 Eternity in Their Hearts. Ventura, CA: Regal Books. Shetler, Joanne Orbis Books. 1992 And the Word Came with Power. Portland: Multnomah. Stewart, Charles and Rosalind Shaw, eds. 1993 Syncretism/ Anti-Syncretism: The politics of religious synthesis. London and New York: Routledge. Taylor, John V. 1963 The Primal Vision. London: SCM Press. 1972 The Go-Between God. London: SCM Press. Hie = Paul Hiebert, et al., Understanding Folk Religion B = David Burnett, World of the Spirits Elia = Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion Nie = Paul G. Niehardt, Black Elk Speaks Cos = Damian Costello, Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism RP = assigned articles/ chapters for response papers, due on dates noted Locate these in the MW 725 Course Reading Packet.

Publication Date

January 2005


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, Fall, MW725



MW 725 Primal and Folk Religions