Out of Africa: Non-Western Theology of Mission

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Earlier this year the secular press announced new evidence, via genetic research, that humankind originated in Africa. The population of modern Europe-and perhaps that of other areas of the globe evidently traces back to a surprisingly small group of African migrants.

As this issue of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN makes clear, in coming decades we can expect new articulations of the theology of mission, not only out of Africa but out of other non-Western regions. Across the globe, a new, more vibrant and holistic theology of mission is already working itself out in practice, on the ground.

In the opening essay contributing editor Wilbert Shenk writes, "Since the Christian majority is now to be found outside the West and missionary initiatives from the churches of Asia, Africa, and Latin America are at the cutting edge of the Christian world mission, we must ask: What kind of theology of mission will best serve the global Christian mission in the future?" As Shenk goes on to suggest, voices from the non-Western world can no longer be ignored.

Our second essay is contributed by Allan Anderson, director of the Research Unit for New Religions and Churches at the University of Birmingham, England, and administrator of the 25,000-item Harold Turner Collection of documentation gleaned from Christian movements in the Third World. …