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Lamin O. Sanneh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189605.001.0001

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 Civilization and the Limits of Mission

 Civilization and the Limits of Mission

Critical Pillar

(p.217) 7 Civilization and the Limits of Mission
Disciples of All Nations

Lamin Sanneh (Contributor Webpage)

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Synopsis: The chapter examines Christianity's formative Western assimilation as a prelude to its overseas post‐Western development. The chapter turns to Roland Allen and the stirrings in China to disentangle Western civilization from Christian civilization, and to show how cultural assimilation falls short of radical conversion. The material, technical infrastructure of mission hindered access in hinterland regions, and impeded the training of local leaders. The chapter recalls the Gentile basis of affirming non‐Western cultures and values. The chapter shifts to Vincent Donovan and the Catholic response to Allen. Donovan agrees with Allen, and calls for changes in Catholic missionary practice, restating the missionary mandate by redefining creed and church. The chapter presents outlines of the Maasai African Creed as an example of the indigenous discovery of the Gospel, showing how that results in Christianity being rediscovered. That is the background of the worldwide resurgence.

Keywords:   civilization, Roland Allen, converts, Islam, Gentile mission, Vincent Donovan, Maasai, indigenous discovery, African Creed

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