Sacrifice and atonement theology for outreach mission among the Keiyo people of Kenya
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This thesis is about the Christian Anthropological approach to Mission and Outreach, and how sacrifice, as a concept, can be used as a bridge to share the gospel to a point that syncretism and nominalization will be minimized within the receptor culture. It studies the Keiyo ethnic which is within the umbrella of the large Kalenjin group belonging to the Nilotic group. The principles and recommendations put forward are applicable to any culture with a similar practice of sacrifice.
The thesis consists of three chapters. Introduction consists of the opening story, definition of key terms, parameters of the research, the claim of the research, thesis statement, reasons for choosing the topic, as well as research methodology.
Chapter one begins with a brief background of the Keiyo people and their settlement in their present location. The background will look at cultural factors which shaped religious practices among the Keiyo people, the doctrine of God and sacrifices among the Keiyo people, as well as Keiyo sacrificial systems' meaning and concepts. The main reason is to affirm and fulfill them, to avoid labeling them as evil, and to use them as a bridge to share the gospel.
Chapter two deals with the survey of Biblical sacrificial systems' meaning and purpose.
Chapter three distinguishes the differences and similarities between Old Testament and the Keiyo sacrificial systems. I will survey contemporary theologies of atonement based on the New Testament, and compare and contrast them with the Keiyo sacrificial systems.
Lastly, I will propose possible applications through building bridges, points of contact, redemptive analogies, and functional substitutes for older Keiyo sacrificial rituals. My assumption is that by dealing with the issue of sacrifice, the faith of the Keiyo Christians will grow and on the same note, traditional people will appreciate and be drawn into the Christian faith, without rejecting cultural forms and their worldview. The negative concept which has long been held will have to change. What the Keiyo people did by offering sacrifices has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ on the cross.