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Their Way: Towards an Indigenous Warlpiri Christianity

Jordan, Ivan (2003). Their Way: Towards an Indigenous Warlpiri Christianity. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Author Jordan, Ivan
Title Their Way: Towards an Indigenous Warlpiri Christianity
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2003
ISBN 9781876248871   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 249
Language English
Field of Research 2002 - Cultural Studies
1699 - Other Studies in Human Society
Abstract The development of the Christian 'purlapa' (traditional dance) and Warlpiri iconography are two of the most significant phenomena in the history of missions in Australia. This book details the development and significance of these and other attempts to bring an indigenous expression and application of the gospel within Warlpiri culture and reflects upon the missiological journey of faith experienced by the missionaries themselves. The combined impact of the above is such that these Aboriginal people have given new understanding and gained new respect from the family of Baptist Churches in Australia. Ivan Jordan has worked amongst the Warlpiri people over the last two decades. He has made a most remarkable journey. As a Baptist missionary Ivan was schooled in all the interpretations and traditions of 2,000 years of Christianity that instinctively assumed that the European models were privileged with superior insight and practice; but he has deliberately been prepared to set this aside and listen and learn.
Keyword Indigenous
Northern Australia
Politics and Society
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