n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Contextual mission in Europe : theological models and missiological perspectives

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Ecumenical missiological discussions agree that Europe is a post-Christian and postmodern context with a pluralist culture, a continent in need of mission. This article analyses and interprets the ecumenical debate on mission in Europe between 1979 and 1992, describing three basic models for contextual mission theology in Europe. These three dominant approaches to (re)evangelising Europe today are : an ecclesiocentric-inculturational model, a cosmocentric-pluralist model, and a bibliocentric-holistic model. The author argues for an approach that affirms religious freedom as well as cultural and religious plurality, since mission should foster real dialogue and seek personal conversion. He concludes with additional perspectives on the hermeneutics of mission in the context of postmodernity and pluralism from an evangelical perspective.

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