Muslim Kurban Meat: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Doug Coleman Anthropology, Central Asia, Cross Cultural Ministry, Islam 4 Comments

[Note: This is a guest post from a friend and colleague used with his permission. Whether you agree with the conclusions or not, I think the post is a good example of how to think through issues from biblical, theological, and anthropological angles.] My family will likely never forget our first Sacrifice Holiday (Kurban) here in Central Asia. Behind our …

Doug ColemanMuslim Kurban Meat: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Learning from the Social Sciences

Doug Coleman Anthropology, Cross Cultural Ministry Leave a Comment

Missiology has a love/hate relationship with the social sciences. It’s an important relationship, but when and how missiology should draw on the social sciences is debated. Years ago, Paul Hiebert likened the relationship between anthropologists and missionaries to “that of half-siblings—drawing on one another and frequently quarreling.” I am presently doing some further academic study in anthropology through a large …

Doug ColemanLearning from the Social Sciences

What is Culture? A Simple Working Definition

Doug Coleman Anthropology Leave a Comment

Anyone familiar with academic discussions of culture knows there are more than a few definitions floating around. And when the descriptions begin, they quickly become complicated. For example, note the first definition given here: “Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and …

Doug ColemanWhat is Culture? A Simple Working Definition