Towards an Intercultural Theology: Essays in Honour of Jan A. B. Jongeneel

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Towards an Intercultural Theology: Essays in Honour of Jan A. B. Jongeneel. Edited by Martha Frederiks, Meindert Dijkstra, and Anton Houtepen. Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum, 2003. Pp. 214. euro30.

In 2003 the outstanding Dutch theologian and missiologist Jan A. B. Jongeneel retired from his professorial chair at the University of Utrecht. Marking that occasion was the publication of Towards an Intercultural Theology, a collection of essays dealing with a wide range of topics within the fields of missiology and intercultural theology. This diversity will make the book a unique resource and reference work for everyone who is concerned with world Christian mission.

A central question considered in the volume is whether missiology can be replaced by intercultural theology. This issue is raised explicitly by Frans Wijsen, a missiologist from Nijmegen, in his essay "New Wine in Old Wineskins? Intercultural Theology Instead of Missiology." His conclusion is that there is still need for both disciplines, between which one ought to discern. He observes the following: "In the western world there are faculties of theology, but their professors consider themselves to be scientists of religion; in the southern hemisphere there are departments of religious studies, but their professors consider themselves to be theologians" (p. …