Suffering in the Sunni and Calvinist World Views: Demonstrating the Value of the Comparative Approach in the Study of Religion in Service of Christian Missions

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Title: Suffering in the Sunni and Calvinist World Views: Demonstrating the Value of the Comparative Approach in the Study of Religion in Service of Christian Missions
Author: Clark, William Michael
Advisor: Chancellor, James D.
Abstract: This dissertation argues that the comparative method in the academic study of

religion can be a valuable missiological tool for Christians. Chapter 1 explains the need

for Christians to have an in-depth understanding of the Sunni worldview in order to better

contextualize the gospel.

Chapter 2 provides a history of the comparative method in the academic study

of religion, and discusses the seven most common objections to the approach.

Chapter 3 responds to the seven most common objections to the comparative

approach, proposes a method of comparison, and presents this dissertation's case study.

Chapter 4 begins with an overview of the Reformed worldview, and presents

the themes found in the OT and NT concerning God's purposes behind the suffering of

his people, and how his people should respond.

Chapter 5 includes an overview of the Sunni worldview, and presents the

themes found in the Qur' an and Sahih Al-Bukhiiri concerning God's purposes behind the

suffering of his people, and how his people should respond.

Chapter 6 compares the themes found in the Sunni and Reformed texts, and

ends with a brief discussion of some missiological implications from the study.

Chapter 7 summarizes the overall arguments and findings of the dissertation.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3825
Date: 2010-12

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