Monday, September 20, 2010

Concept Creation

There are times when aspects of the gospel and Biblical faith are not foreign to Muslims simply because they’re miscommunicated, but because they’re new concepts altogether:

As we think seriously about contextualizing the message of the Bible, let’s remember that we must also labor to bring about, in the minds of our listeners, conceptual categories that may be missing from their mental framework. If we only use the thought structures they already have, some crucial biblical truths will remain unintelligible, no matter how much contextualizing we do. This work of concept creation is harder than contextualization, but just as important.

- Preaching As Concept Creation, Not Just Contextualization

Which Biblical categories are missing from the Islamic mental framework?

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