Paul Hiebert (missiologist)

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Paul Gordon Hiebert (13 November 1932 – 11 March 2007) was an American missiologist. He was "arguably the world's leading missiological anthropologist."[1]

Hiebert was born in India to missionary parents, and studied at Tabor College, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, and the University of Minnesota.[1] Subsequently Hiebert went on an overseas mission to India and was Principal of the Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College, Shamshabad. After a period of missionary service, he proceeded to Pasadena, California where he taught at Fuller Theological Seminary before becoming Distinguished Professor of Mission and Anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Hiebert was best known for his concept of the "excluded middle". He argued that most Westerners see the universe as consisting of two tiers - the invisible things of the other world, and the visible things of this world. In this way, they exclude the part in between - namely, the invisible things of this world, and in particular the unseen personal beings, such as angels and demons. Hiebert suggested that non-Westerners are much more likely to accept this "excluded middle".[2][3][4]

A Festschrift in his honor, Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity, was published in 2006. Hiebert died of cancer in 2007.[5]

Writings[edit]

  • "The Bicultural Bridge." Mission Focus Vol. 10, no. No. 1 (March 1982).
  • Cultural Anthropology. Second Edition ed. Grand Rapids, Ml: Baker Book House, 1983.
  • French Structuralism and Modern Missiology. Christian Perspectives on Anthropological Theories, edited by Sherwood and Douglas Hayward Lingenfelter, 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Priest, Robert J. "Paul Hiebert: A Life Remembered". Books and Culture. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Hiebert, Paul G. "The Flaw of the Excluded Middle" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Croucher, Rowland. "Flaw of the Excluded Middle". Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Pierre (Fall 2007). "Further Reflections on Paul Hiebert's "The Flaw of the Excluded Middle"". Direction. 36 (2): 206–218. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Wan, Enoch. "Legacy of Paul G. Hiebert". Global Missiology. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter V. Balzer,
1945-1952
Principal,
Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College,
Shamshabad, India

1958-1966
Succeeded by
Peter M. Hamm,
1966-1968
Preceded by
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Fulbright Professor of Anthropology
Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

1974-1975
Succeeded by
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