Saturday, August 11, 2007

Please take off your shoes

I am teaching Asian Religions at the Mission Training Center. This is the reason why I picked Six World Faiths edited by W. Owen Cole. At this point, I don't have any idea who Cole is, but I will find out soon. I haven't done any book review in this blog, but this time I hope I can find the time to review some of the books coming my way. In any case, for now, I just want to share a quote by Max Warren, a famous Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, which Cole cites in his introduction.
Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion is to take off our shoes, for the place we are standing on is holy, else we may find we are treading on men's dream. More serious still, we may forget that God was here before our arrival.


a. steward said...

That is a fantastic quote..."lest we forget that God was here before our arrival."

Also, just wanted to say that I'm enjoying your blog. It's exciting to see someone passionate for both missions and theology: most of my experience has been with people who are either passionate about missions and see theology as irrelevant, or people passionate about theology who are apathetic about mission. Keep up the good work, and thanks for the add!

Joey said...

HI Adam,

Thanks for the comment. You has linked me first and I'm just returning the favor. I should have thank you first. :)

You observe right. Most missionaries I know think that theology is irrelevant in the field. However, without their knowing, they have been doing a lot of theologizing.