Tag Archives: multiculturalism

Unicultural Uniformity

Unicultural Uniformity

This entry is part 35 of 35 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Of the little pilot-fish words that swim alongside the more commonly mangled word, culture, two of the more frequently heard are multicultural and diversity. In fact, these have become unquestioned, and probably unassailable holy-words in modern culture. A competitive company will have somewhere on its Vision and Mission statement, “Our core-values include a commitment to… Continue Reading

The Common Problem with White Supremacy and Multiculturalism

The Common Problem with White Supremacy and Multiculturalism

White supremacy is horrendous. It is contrary to biblical Christianity both by reason of creation and by reason of redemption. All people, regardless of birthplace, ancestry, genetics, or skin color are created in God’s image, and therefore all people are of equal value in God’s sight. All people have been equally affected by sin and… Continue Reading

Is multiculturalism a good thing?

Is multiculturalism a good thing?

This is a helpful look at the nature of multiculturalism and an evaluation of whether it is a good thing. The author, begins, Multiculturalism is a thorny topic. It is also a topic on which any truly rational discussion is very difficult. The problem is that many people equate criticism of multiculturalism with racism. Since… Continue Reading

Multiculturalism and Cultural Prejudice

Multiculturalism and Cultural Prejudice

This entry is part 17 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The act of judging a foreign culture for meaning and moral value is attacked by post-modern critics as an example of bigotry. After all, what standard are we using to judge another culture? Does the Bible present a cultural norm to which all cultures must conform? If not, who are we to use the Christianity… Continue Reading

Multiculturalism and Judging Culture

Multiculturalism and Judging Culture

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

One of thorniest issues facing Christian missions is the propriety and possibility of judging other cultures. Since all cultures are affected by both human depravity and common grace, and since God’s redeeming grace and revealed truth have come to some cultures, it is possible to make judgments regarding cultures. We cannot judge the idea of… Continue Reading

Multiculturalism and Contextualization

Multiculturalism and Contextualization

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In a recent interview, mission leader C. Douglas McConnell was asked to name the greatest challenge facing the global evangelical missions movement today. He responded, “There is a critical need for frontier mission types to develop an ecclesiology. We are church planters but in some cases we do not understand what a church is theologically… Continue Reading

Multiculturalism: You Might Be Surprised

Multiculturalism: You Might Be Surprised

This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

South Africa has more official languages than any other country: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Tswana, Sotho, Pedi, Venda, Tsonga and Swazi. These languages represent a slice of the various people-groups in South Africa, to say nothing of the Malay and Chinese populations, the various European groups, and the mixed populations that have developed their… Continue Reading

Missions and Music

Missions and Music

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

One of missionaries most challenging issues is what kind of music to use as they plant indigenous churches. Two extremes exist: on the one hand are missionaries who simply impose American musical forms on the foreign church; on the other hand are those who indiscriminately adopt the forms of the native culture in their worship.… Continue Reading

Multiculturalism veiled as "Missional"

Multiculturalism veiled as "Missional"

I thought I’d post a helpful discourse by Dave Doran in his journal article on “Market-Driven Ministry,” which answers well recent justification of a neutral view of culture and music by a claim to being “missional.” Doran describes the market-driven philosophy as one that is pragmatic in several crucial areas, one of which is their view… Continue Reading

"Different Does Not Mean Deficient"

"Different Does Not Mean Deficient"

Jeremiah Wright had some interesting things to say about ethnomusicology in his speech at the NAACP dinner in Detroit on Monday. The video (begin at 5:45; part 2 here) is worth watching, but the transcript is here if you’d rather read the comments. Continue Reading