Introduction to the Current Issue -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 12:0 (NA 1979)
Article: Introduction to the Current Issue
Author: Anonymous


Introduction to the Current Issue

“Communicating the Gospel God’s Way” is the focus of the issue of the Ashland Theological Bulletin for 1979. The creative material by Charles H. Kraft appearing here was presented as the Workman Lectures at Ashland Theological Seminary, November 20 through 22, 1978. Dr. Kraft, who combines specializations in anthropology and linguistics, applies his rich resources to process and impact in communicating. These chapters, perceptive with insight and profound with understanding, offer both guidance and challenge to people for whom effective communication is important.

Charles H. Kraft, a 1960 graduate, was named “Alumnus of the Year” by Ashland Theological Seminary in 1978. He received the B.A. degree from Wheaton College with major work in anthropology and did graduate work in linguistics at the University of Oklahoma before completing his B.D. at Ashland in 1960. The writer received the Ph. D. degree from Hartford Seminary Foundation in 1963 with an emphasis on anthropological linguistics.

Dr. Kraft is currently professor of anthropology at Fuller Theological Seminary, School of World Mission in Pasadena, California. He served as missionary with the Brethren Church in northern Nigeria from 1957 to 1960. He has returned to Africa on many occasions as a field linguistic and ethnological researcher on Chadic languages and received a Fulbright-Hays Center Faculty Award for the study of Chadic languages.

The writer is one of the principal authors for studies in the Hausa language. He has published numerous articles and spoken widely concerning practical anthropology, African languages, Christianity and culture, cross-cultural communication, missionaries and indigeneity, and general Bible translation.

Dr. Kraft, an ordained minister in the Brethren Church, his wife Marguerite, and their four children reside in Pasadena.


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