Salvation in Melanesia: Becoming a New Person in Churches in Fiji and Papua New Guinea

Salvation in Melanesia: Becoming a New Person in Churches in Fiji and Papua New Guinea

by Michael Press


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Salvation in Melanesia explores the views of salvation held by Methodist, Lutheran, and Pentecostal Christians in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, uncovering the ways in which a Protestant theology of unconditional salvation through God’s judgment and grace has been combined with traditional Melanesian religious concepts of reciprocity, retribution, and obedience to cultural laws. While Pentecostal churches have offered new experiences of transformation by rejecting what they regard as the mingling of Melanesian culture with Christianity in other churches, they have also kept certain elements of traditional Melanesian spirituality. Meanwhile, today economic globalization and secularization result in new questions about the relationship between the people, the leaders, the land, and God.
Michael Press uses mission sources and interviews to describe the different concepts of mission, their reception, the main images of God, and the relationship between religion and culture in Melanesian churches, as well as the factors that support or hinder personal transformation.

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ISBN-13: 9781978709935
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Michael Press is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Germany. From 2002 to 2010 he was lecturer at the Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji, living and researching in the Fiji Islands and in Papua New Guinea.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Quest for Christian Renewal
Chapter 1: Becoming Christian
Chapter 2: The Experience of God
Chapter 3: Renewal
Chapter 4: Pentecostal Ways of Growing in Faith
Chapter 5: Becoming a New Person

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