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Missionaries and Prophets

Philip Jenkins

in The Next Christendom

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146165
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146166.003.0003
 Missionaries and Prophets

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This chapter looks at the nature of the religious changes involved in successful Christian missions and the resulting expansion of Christianity in Asia and Africa: success that is impossible to understand if the new Christians were only responding out of fear or envy of imperial conquerors. The chapter starts by examining the view developing in the West in the mid-twentieth century that the Christian mission venture was solely misguided imperialism and an attempt to export Western culture. It goes on to analyse the reasons for Southern Christian expansion, and the synthesis of this Christianity into local cultures. The last two sections investigate the newer autonomous (independent) Christian churches in Africa; these are one of the most notable aspects of Southern Christianity and can be expected to play an increasing role in world Christianity.

Keywords: Africa; African Christian churches; Asia; Christian missions; expansion of Christianity; export of Western culture; global Christianity; independent Christian churches; misguided imperialism; missionaries; prophets; Southern Christianity; Southern culture; success; Western culture; world Christianity

Chapter.  6345 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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