Who Do the Ngimurok Say That They Are?

A Phenomenological Study of Turkana Traditional Religious Specialists in Turkana, Kenya

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American Society of Missiology Monography Series
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , April
     284 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How do missiologists describe the cosmologies of those that Christianity encounters around the world? Our descriptions often end up filtered through our own Western religious categories. Furthermore, indigenous Christians adopt these Western religious categories. This presents the problem of local Christianities, described by Kwame Bediako as those that “have not known how to relate to their traditional culture in terms other than those of denunciation or of separateness.”

Kevin Lines’s phenomenological study of local religious specialists in Turkana, Kenya, not only challenges our Western categories by revealing a more authentic complexity of the issues for local Christians and Western missionaries, but also provides a model for continued use of phenomenology as a valued research method in larger missiological studies. Additionally, this study points to the ways that local Christians and traditional religious practitioners interpret Western missionaries through local religious categories.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kevin Lines is Professor of Intercultural Studies at Hope International University. He began serving as Executive Director of CMF International in 2017.


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