author={Paul G. Hiebert},
  journal={International Review of Mission},
  • P. Hiebert
  • Published 1 July 1983
  • Philosophy
  • International Review of Mission
Before we can answer this question, we must look more closely at the way we form words. “Christian” like many other words in English, refers to a category of people, a category we create in our minds. To be sure, God, who looks at the hearts of people, knows who are his. But as human beings we are limited to categories based on observation and communication. How do we create categories, and how does the way we create them affect our view of mission? 

Conversion Narratives in Context: Muslims Turning to Christ in post-Soviet Central Asia

ly about conversion, but in toto it is too complex to apply to field data. Thus when a researcher in the field attempts to work with Rambo ’s model, they are left to try some sort of piecemeal

The nature and role of Christian conversion in Zambia 1

Abstract This article presents a historical view of Christian conversion in Zambia over approximately a century. It engages with sociological theories of conversion to illuminate and deepen

Mission and Global Ethnic Violence

In a footnote found in Wilbert Shenk's recent article in Missiology titled 'Christian Mission and the Coming "Clash of Civilizations"' (Shenk, 2000, pp. 291-304), Shenk notes that in light of the

Consuming Mission: Towards a Theology of Short-Term Mission and Pilgrimage

The thesis investigates how contemporary United Methodist short-term mission (hereafter STM) participants express their motivations for taking part in their service activities. It argues that a

Discipling through the Eyes of Oral Learners

More than any other single invention, writing has changed the way people think (Ong 1982:78). As a result, literate learners often misunderstand the thought patterns and preferences of oral learners.

Is Muhammad Also Among the Prophets ?

Harley Talman has worked with Muslims for 30 years, including two decades in the Arab world and Africa, during which he was involved in church planting, theological education, and humanitarian aid.

Transitioning Integration: The Case of Regan and the Future of a Paradigm

This article draws on narrative conventions to present a long-term case study involving a person engaged in a relational psychoanalytic treatment for childhood trauma, gender nonconformity, and

Ecology of archaeological information work

Bringing together insights from the earlier chapters of this book and empirical work on archaeological information work in the context of the ARKDIS research project, this chapter sets to propose a

Conversion Studies, Pastoral Counseling, and Cultural Studies: Engaging and Embracing a New Paradigm

This paper is an invitation to explore ways in which the study of conversion, pastoral counseling, and cultural studies may be mutually enriching. The author will provide a survey of contemporary

Exploring the Intersection of Community Development, the Least Reached and Emerging, Vibrant Churches

Rarely have missiologists explored the overlapping space where community development work intersects the formation and multiplication of new, vibrant churches in ‘least reached’ settings. Drawing on



Non-Cantorian Set Theory

Introduction to the theory of Fuzzy subsets

  • A. Bonaert
  • Computer Science
    Proceedings of the IEEE
  • 1977

Meaning Across Cultures

  • 1981

“ Fuzzy Sets . ” Information and Control

  • Meaning Across Cultures
  • 1981

Hiebert is professor of missions and anthropology at the School of World Mission