The Vernacular Consciousness: Modernism’s Influence on Postcolonial Contextualization

Chris Burnett | May 12, 2017

Case studies in postcolonial contextualization mark a forty-year-old missiological trend in evangelical scholarship. The largely unqualified support of indigenous theological expression by mission theorists represents an epistemological shift from a conservative bibliology toward felt-needs evangelization and religious roundtable dialogue methods. Evangelical contextualization theory today echoes German Ro- manticism’s early assessments of indigenous language and local religion, especially as seen in the works of pluralistic Johann Gottfried Herder (1744–1803). No study of postcolonial contextualization is complete without considering the enduring influence of Herder’s “vernacular consciousness” on the current missiological mindset.

Vol. 28, no. 1 (Spring 2017)

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Burnett, Chris. "The Vernacular Consciousness: Modernism’s Influence on Postcolonial Contextualization." The Master's Seminary Journal 28, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 77–94.