The Missionary Work as Dialogue of People and Cultures

Niki Papageorgiou

Abstract


This paper investigates the modern missionary process as a form of dialogue between peoples and cultures. It does not aim at the exploration of the theology of mission but at the approach, with the aid of social sciences, of the trends that are formed during the meeting of Gospel, Church and local cultures in the mission field. So, after a brief reference to the problematic that developed, mainly after World War II, around the relationship between Gospel and culture as well as its implementation during the encounter with indigenous populations, it explores the missionary practices of the Greek Orthodox Church and the models that are shaped by its contact with local traditions. During this process, one may identify two main models: the adaptation and the incarnation ones. The former applies widely in areas where the Orthodox Church is fully functional, while the latter rather emerges as a platform for the creation of a truly local Church.


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