Seeing Blind Spots through Cross-Cultural Perspective: The Fatherhood of God as Case Study

Culture plays a role in all aspects of human life, including Christian faith and practice. With the rise of global Christianity, alternative approaches to understand God’s Word and express Christian faith besides the dominant approach of western Christianity become more prominent. This paper uses the example of the important role that the doctrine of the fatherhood of God, which relates to doctrines of adoption and God’s family, plays in evangelism and discipleship under Chinese context to illustrate that what contemporary western Christianity has ignored can be recaptured through a cross-cultural perspective.
The writer will introduce the rise of global Christianity briefly and then contrast the popular ways to evangelize in contemporary western and Chinese contexts respectively. The contemporary western approach highlights the legal aspect of the Gospel and thus the justification of the sinner. The other approach, which is more appealing and proven more successful in the Chinese context, however, emphasizes the relational aspect of the Gospel such as the fatherhood of God, the adoption, and being included into God’s family, which seems to be neglected in contemporary western Christianity. The last part of the paper then turns to Scripture and shows that both aspects need to be affirmed and applied in Christian faith and practice. In this way, the cross-cultural perspective under the parameter of Scripture helps us to understand God’s truths and apply them more comprehensively.

6 thoughts on “Seeing Blind Spots through Cross-Cultural Perspective: The Fatherhood of God as Case Study”

  1. Blind Spots – potential
    I fear her trying to jam too much into a single 30-minute paper — but her thesis has me intrigued; and I think she may be on to some important points, hermeneutically, (cross-)culturally, and biblical-theologically.

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  2. interesting, but
    Is this assumption correct: “the relational aspect of the Gospel such as the fatherhood of God, the adoption, and being included into God’s family, which seems to be neglected in contemporary western Christianity.”

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