Gospel & Culture blog
by Kenneth Nehrbass
Dr Lamin Sanneh, Professor of History of Religion (Harvard) and then professor of World Christianity and History at Yale Divinity School, passed away this Jan 6.
Sanneh, originally from Gambia, converted from Islam to Catholicism. His academic career has focused on Islam and Christianity. He has authored over two hundred scholarly articles and of more than a dozen books on Islam and African expressions of Christianity. Additionally, he “is an editor-at-large for The Christian Century and a contributing editor for the International Bulletin of Missionary Research”(Bonk, 2003).
The first edition of Sanneh’s (1989) book Translating the Message enjoyed wide popularity among missiologists because it argued that Islam destroyed culture whereas Christianity preserves culture (often protesting colonialism) by encouraging contextual expressions of faith and vernacular Bible translations.
Kenneth Nehrbass, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Biola University, Author, Pastor