Cultural Gaps: Benjamin Robinson's Experience with Hindu Traditions (Paperback)

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Cultural Gaps: Benjamin Robinson's Experience with Hindu Traditions (Paperback)

By H. L. Richard (Editor)

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Focus on unreached people groups and the emergence of a global church have not yet eliminated massive gaps in the spread of the gospel. Differences between Hindu and Christian traditions account for the uneven reception of the gospel of Christ among Hindu peoples. Contextualization, best practices, and movements to Christ are central discussion points in response. In Cultural Gaps, H. L. Richard brings Benjamin Robinson, a forgotten nineteenth-century pioneer missionary, back into this conversation by reviving his memoir, In the Brahmans' Holy Land, with a new foreword, extensive footnotes, and a new introduction. Robinson's experiences in south India in the 1880s remain relevant, particularly his attempts at authentic interreligious encounter and his struggle to adequately integrate into the Hindu context. Robinson did not stop at language acquisition, cultural study, or personal relationships, but felt called to adapt his lifestyle further, trusting in God's help. Although his engagement with Hindus was cut short by health problems, he had a deep humility, an unflagging commitment to learn, and an exemplary sense of inadequacy for a high calling. Robinson's honesty regarding personal struggles with the perplexity of understanding Hindus relates immediately with current realities. His memoir raises important questions about faithful service and trusting God for an outcome that may still be yet to come. The path forward for better cross-cultural engagement is clearly present in the life and thought of this significant pioneer.
H. L. Richard is an independent researcher focused on the Hindu-Christian encounter. He has published numerous books and articles, including studies of key figures like Narayan Vaman Tilak (Following Jesus in the Hindu Context: The Intriguing Implications of N. V. Tilak's Life and Thought), Kalagara Subba Rao (Exploring the Depths of the Mystery of Christ: K. Subba Rao's Eclectic Praxis of Hindu Discipleship to Jesus), and R. C. Das (R. C. Das: Evangelical Prophet for Contextual Christianity).
Product Details ISBN: 9781645081883
ISBN-10: 1645081885
Publisher: William Carey Publishing
Publication Date: February 20th, 2020
Pages: 126
Language: English