Destination: Christian Anthropology
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Destination: Christian Anthropology

About the Book

The book is a set of five conference papers and two abstracts published as a record of the author's progress toward a biblically-grounded Christian anthropology.

The first paper grew from one written for a graduate-school theory seminar. It analyzes Genesis prologue myth as an epistemological charter for both rational science and rational morality. It was presented at the 1998 International Congress of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences at William & Mary.

The second and fourth papers, presented at 2011 and 2018 conferences of the Evangelical Missiological Society, are missiological anthropology. The second analyzes the witch the world over as a token of which biblical idols (all harmless, man-made nothings) are the type. The fourth contrasts Bertrand Russell's view of value with that of the Genesis prologue (in terms of who is king in the realm of value) and explains the author's definitions of culture (as chartered by the cultural mandate) and religion (as grounded in God and fundamentally ontological).

The third paper, presented at the 2014 Society for Applied Anthropology conference at Albuquerque, begins to sketch the author's conception of Christian anthropology (which contrasts not only with Marxist anthropology, cultural materialism, humanistic anthropology, etc., but also, for its grounding in Scripture, with what has been called Christian-perspective anthropology).

The first of two appendices is a version of the 1998 paper rejected from the 1987 American Anthropological Association (AAA) conference program; the second consists of two abstracts, the one rejected from the 1990 AAA conference program, the other written with presentation at a 1990 regional anthropology conference in mind but never submitted.

Together, the book's papers and abstracts provide a record, over a span of thirty-plus years, of significant parts of the author's thinking about a Christian anthropology needfully (for his demands of it), unabashedly (for his scholarly confidence in it) grounded in the Christian bible.

About the Author

Rob McKee
Robert Guy McKee

Robert Guy McKee (Rob) was born September 21, 1952 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD. He grew up in upstate New York and Framingham, MA, graduating from Rush-Henrietta High School (south of Rochester, NY) in 1970. His bachelor’s degree (1975), in Social Relations, is from Harvard; his master’s (1985) and doctorate (1995), both in Anthropology, are from the University of Rochester.

Rob married Carol Elaine Chiapperino on January 3, 1976. They became members of Wycliffe Bible Translators later that year and served nineteen years in Africa with Wycliffe’s partner organization, SIL International. From 2010 to the present, Rob has been part of the Applied Anthropology faculty at Dallas International University (formerly the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) in southwest Dallas.

Besides Christian anthropology, Rob's professional interests include Mangbetu linguistics and anthropology, tale analysis, subtitles in ethnographic film, lynchings in Kenya, and more. He has published several Mangbetu linguistics papers (e.g., "Concerning Meegye and Mangbetu's Bilabial Trills"); his anthropology dissertation was on Meegye-Mangbetu death compensations as intergroup rites of passage. He has published two other Leanpub books—namely, Lynchings in Modern Kenya: A Continuing Human Rights Scandal (2022) and "Let's Understand Each Other!": Meegye-Mangbetu Death Compensations in the Forest of Alliances (2023).

Rob and his wife reside in Duncanville, TX, just outside Dallas. They have four adult daughters and seven grandchildren.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Genesis Prologue Myth and Judeo-Christian Knowledge
    • The prologue’s theory of knowledge
    • Theory symbolism in the rest of the prologue and beyond
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Missiology, the Witch, and the Idol
    • Scripture is not silent about idols—nor about the living God
    • Manufactured from things we fear—toward the witch as an idol
    • The prologue’s cultural mandate, its garden limit, and the witch as an idol
    • Four examples
    • Conclusion
    • Appendix
  • Chapter 3: Destination: Christian Anthropology
    • The Creator God as “the ultimate Fact”
    • The cultural (or dominion) mandate
    • Other things in relation to God and the mandate
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: On Defining “Religion” in “Religious” vs. “Secular” Engagement
    • Actually, it’s all religion! (Seriously.)
    • On humankind as monarchs in the realm of value
    • More on my definition of religion
    • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: Classification and Value in Early Genesis
  • Appendix 2: Two Further, Later Abstracts
    • Northeastern Anthropological Association 1990 Meetings
    • American Anthropological Association 1990 Meetings, New Orleans
  • References
  • About the Author
  • Notes

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