Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages

Volume 3, 2002


EDITORIAL: Reflections on Authenticity                 To read the editorial online, click here


                     Herman De Vries

  This article reports on one language department's exploratory study of students' motivations for and attitudes towards foreign language learning, with particular focus on students' conceptions of a Christian view of foreign language learning. It then details the application of a devotional series, designed to inform students' understanding of Scriptural foundations for foreign language learning, that was integrated into the language course curriculum. Finally, it presents the project's measured results along with a discussion of both the benefits and pitfalls of tackling Scriptural passages in the foreign language class.


                     Galen B. Yorba Gray

The Quixote is potentially subversive because it questions the authority of books of chivalry and even history. As such, Cervantes's work casts a shadow of uncertainty over all that has been held sacred in the western world, including the Bible. This paper examines whether Cervantes intentionally misleads or holds a subversive view of Scripture, and whether such an interpretation is accessible in the text. It is argued that Biblical allusions are not the target of his attacks; they are the arrow that carries them.


                     Lindy Scott

Throughout the history of relationships between North American and Latin American evangelicals, most of the influence has flowed from north to south. This article suggests that North American evangelicals can learn much from our Latin American sisters and brothers, especially in the areas of social justice  and corporate solidarity. The combination of linguistic and theological insights should be of special interest to Christian foreign language teachers.



                    William J. Vande Kopple

                    Douglas Penney