Beyond Contextualization: Crossing Religious and Cultural Boundaries

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Beyond Contextualization: Crossing Religious and Cultural Boundaries

This lectureship discusses the gospel’s inreligionization and interreligious encounters with Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim communities.

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Frontier Ventures 719 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA 91104

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  • 1 day 21 hours
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The 2023 Ralph D. Winter Memorial Lectureship is a hybrid event and may be attended either virtually or in-person, although in-person space is greatly limited!!

Registrants will have access to view lectureship recordings from within a week of the lectureship's end until July 2023.

This lectureship will introduce discussion of inreligionization by Dr. Kang-San Tan. Dr. Tan was born in a Buddhist family and is well known for his work in the dynamics of Buddhist-Christian interaction, out of which he calls for a move beyond contextualization to the inreligionization of the gospel. Dr. Tan has also recently published Humble Confidence: A Model for Interfaith Apologetics (InterVarsity Academic, 2022) with Benno van den Toren as well as an article in IJFM entitled Contextual Frameworks for Interreligious Communication: An Asian Perspective (Spring 2022). That article may be found through this link,

Dr. Harold A. Netland of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will also present on the theme of interreligious encounter, a topic on which he has written and edited numerous works. Those works include Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith Mission (InterVarsity Academic, 2001), A Trinitarian Theology of Religions: An Evangelical Proposal (Oxford University Press, 2014), Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices (Baker Academic, 2014), Christianity & Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age (Baker Academic, 2015), and Religious Experience and the Knowledge of God: The Evidential Force of Divine Encounters (Baker Academic, 2022).

Dr. Darren Duerksen is an Associate Professor and the director of Intercultural and Religious Studies at Fresno Pacific University. Prior to teaching in higher education, he served for over 8 years in various ministry/mission related-roles in England and the U.S., and for 6 years in leadership development and church-planting work with the Mennonite Brethren church in India. In addition to his interest in international Christian work, he also teaches on and helps develop inter-religious collaborations and initiatives in the U.S. His research and publications have focused on inter-religious witness, ecclesiology, and issues regarding Christian witness in India. He is the co-author with Dr. William Dyrness of Seeking Church: Emerging Witnesses to the Kingdom (InterVarsity Academic, 2019) and author of Christ-Followers in Other Religions: The Global Witness of Insider Movements (Regnum Press, 2022).

Two other speakers will discuss gospel engagements in Hindu and Muslim contexts with reference to their personal and professional lives.

Registrants will also be able to interact with speakers and other attendees via Slack during and after the lectureship.

We hope that this event will be engaging and thought-provoking and look forward to the insights and questions of our speakers and attendees!

Preliminary Schedule (in Pacific Time):

Thursday - March 23, 2023

6:30 - Check-in

7:00 - Welcome

7:15 - Dr. Kang-San Tan’s Opening Lecture

7:45 - Panel Response

8:15 - Q&A/Panel Discussion

9:00 - Adjourning Announcements

Friday - March 24, 2023

9:00 - Welcome

9:10 - Hindu Context Lecture

9:40 - Panel Response

10:10 - Q&A/Panel Discussion

11:15 - Lunch

12:30 - Muslim Practitioner Lecture

1:00 - Panel Response

1:30 - Q&A/Panel Discussion

2:30 - Coffee Break

3:00 - Dr. Harold Netland’s Lecture

3:30 - Panel Response

4:00 - Q&A/Panel Discussion

5:00 - Dinner

6:30 - Dr. Darren Duerksen’s Lecture

7:00 - Panel Response

7:30 – Q&A/Panel Discussion

8:30 – Adjourning Announcements

Saturday - March 25, 2023

9:00 - Welcome

9:10 - Dr. Kang-San Tan’s Closing Lecture

9:40 - Panel Response

10:10 - Q&A/Panel Discussion

11:10 - Closing Comments