oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Mission as kenotic action: Understandiong orthodox mission theology

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Western theology largely ignores the concept of kenosis in its theological reflection on mission. This article wishes to help remedy the situation by reflecting on kenosis in Orthodox mission theology. The statement of Athanasius God became man so that man may become God and Rublev's icon on the trinity are used as starting points. The eucharist most clearly reveals the downward and upward movements of kenosis/theosis that is at the heart of Orthodox mission. The highly successful mission work of Father Innokenti is used as an illustration of the deep commitment to inculturation in Orthodox mission. The article concludes with a section on theosis as the aim of mission.

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