Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professor Bahkou in Cary, NC
Proclaiming the Message of the Gospel in a Culture Dominated by Shame and Honor
Anthropologist Eugene Nida, in his book Customs and Cultures, argues that the various cultures of the world could be differentiated through three primary cultural distinctives: fear, guilt and shame. These three elements are present in all cultures, but their importance varies dramatically among various cultures. These three guiding principles of cultures come into even greater delineation when we pair them with the positive virtues these negative factors contrast. If fear, for example, is most regarded, then the qualities that will be most admired and sought in a positive light might be power and strength. If guilt is regarded as the most significant concern, then what a culture might seek above all else is freedom or justice. If shame is the greatest curse in society, then what is sought more than anything else is a sense of honor. This workshop first will attempt to define honor-shame culture from a contrasting position of the typical Western-based culture (guilt-innocence); second, will critically look at the Western church mission experience in the honor-shame culture; and third, will offer practical suggestions of how to share the Gospel in honor-shame culture. Particular attention will be paid to the Middle Eastern and Islamic culture.
Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Dr. Abjar Bahkou is associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He joined the faculty in June 2018. Before that he served in several capacities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Bahkou has written numerous articles and has done translation work from English into Arabic. He brings a rich background of experiences to the task of thinking through Christian witness to our Muslim neighbors.
|Day one||1-4 p.m.|
|Day two||9-11:30 a.m.|
|Day three||9 a.m.-noon|
Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.