Engaging the Baganda : an analytical study of a Christian anthropological approach to evangelism toward deep-level worldview change among the Baganda
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This thesis is about the Christian Anthropological approach to evangelism and how it can be used creatively to bring about deep-level worldview change in the bid to minimize polytheism and syncretism among receptor cultures. It studies the Baganda ethnic group for reference pu1voses but its principles and recommendations are applicable to any culture with a similar worldview.
The thesis consists of four chapters apaii from the introduction. Chapter one consists of a detailed description and analysis of the Baganda, their missionary history, and their world view. Its central idea is that the resurfacing state of polytheism, syncretisrn, and nominal Christianity among the Baganda was brought about by the breakdown of the ethnic cohesion of the Baganda, and by the Christian missionaries' failure to apply appropriate cultural methods of evangelism to the cultural and worldview concerns of the Baganda. The chapter points to a revitalized evangelistic effo1i and to the creative application of the Christian anthropological approach as the solution to the problem.
Chapter two introduces, defines, and analyzes the Christian anthropological approach in detail. Its central idea is linked to the first chapter and affirms that the Christian anthropological approach is unique and has the capacity to bring about deeplevel worldview change. The presuppositions and dynamics of this approach are analyzed in this chapter, together with the facilitators of deep-level worldview change.
Chapter three provides a biblical and theological foundation of the Christian anthropological approach. Its main idea is that God approves human cultures as authentic vessels for communicating the gospel. The chapter presupposes that the anthropological approach is God's way of reaching out to humanity, which approach culminates into his incarnation through Jesus Christ. Jesus' consideration of human forms of communication, his dynamic and practical response to the questions of power encounter, and his nonconfrontational approach to communication are some of the key issues in chapter three.
Chapter four is an application chapter. It gives a summary highlight of the major issues in the thesis, their application to the society of the Baganda and other receptor cultures of a similar world view, and practical suggestions and recommendations. The chapter ends with a conclusion to the thesis.