Western Christians Are Still Grappling With Influences From Animists, Says Bible Translator


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Christianity in developed countries still grapples with encroachments of animism, according to a Bible translator who has experience witnessing to animists.

Cambridge Dictionary defines Animism as a “belief that all natural things, such as plants, animals, rocks, and thunder, have spirits and can influence human events.”

Ken Nehrbass, associate professor at Biola University and member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, talked about animism last week in a Dallas Theological Seminary podcast hosted by professor Darrell Bock called “The Table.”

Nehrboss explained that western societies like the United States have elements of animist thinking “in our modern vocabulary.”

“I’m sending you positive energy. Just think good thoughts, the sense that you can control your environment by what you think. Sometimes we talk about having bad luck and I’m not sure if that means just a misfortune or that it’s something that somehow accumulates around you,” noted Nehrbass.

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(Screenshot: YouTube/Dallas Theological Seminary)Ken Nehrbass, associate professor of Intercultural Studies and Program Director of Intercultural Studies at Biola University, talking about animism in a Dallas Theological Seminary podcast hosted by Professor Darrell Bock in May 2018.

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