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Orthodox mission methods : a comparative study

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dc.contributor.advisor Saayman, W.A. (Willem A.) Hayes, Stephen Tromp Wynn 2015-01-23T04:24:47Z 2015-01-23T04:24:47Z 1998-06
dc.identifier.citation Hayes, Stephen Tromp Wynn (1998) Orthodox mission methods : a comparative study, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract After a barren period between about 1920 and 1970, in which there was little or no mission activity, the Orthodox Church has experienced a revival of interest in mission. This thesis is an examination of how Orthodox theology and worldviews have affected Orthodox mission methods, and account for some of the differences between Orthodox methods and those of Western Christians. A starting point for the study of the Orthodox theology of mission is the ikon of the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which shows the apostles gathered in the upper room with the world in their midst. Orthodox soteriology, which sees Christ as the conqueror of evil and death, rather than as the punisher of sin, has led Orthodox missionaries to have a more open approach to other cultures. A historical survey of ways in which the Orthodox Church grew in the past includes martyrdom, mission and statecraft, monastic mission, and in the 20th century, the missionary significance of the Orthodox diaspora. Even in the fallow period, however, there was mission in the sense that various groups of people were drawn to Orthodoxy, sometimes through the ministry of irregularly ordained bishops. The collapse of communist regimes in the Second World has created many new opportunities for orthodox mission, but has also brought problems of intra-Christian proselytism, nationalism and viole:1ce, and schism and stagnation in those places. As the Orthodox Church prepares to enter the 21st century, its worldview, which has been less influenced by the modernity of the West, may enable it to minister more effectively to people involved in postmodern reactions against modernity. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (290 leaves)
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Orthodox mission en
dc.subject Eastern Orthodox missions en
dc.subject Russian Orthodox Church en
dc.subject Greek Orthodox Church en
dc.subject African Orthodox Church en
dc.subject Christian missions en
dc.subject Mission methods en
dc.subject African Christianity en
dc.subject Russian missionaries en
dc.subject Cultural imperialism en
dc.subject Mission and culture en
dc.subject Premodernity en
dc.subject Modernity en
dc.subject Post-modernity en
dc.subject Moernity and mission en
dc.subject Mission and colonialism en
dc.subject.ddc 266.19
dc.subject.lcsh Orthodox Eastern Church -- Missions en
dc.subject.lcsh Russkaia pravoslavnaia tserkov -- Missions en
dc.subject.lcsh Orthodoxos Ekkllesia tes Hellados -- Missions en
dc.subject.lcsh African Orthodox Church -- Missions en
dc.subject.lcsh Missions en
dc.title Orthodox mission methods : a comparative study en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology D.Th. (Missiology)

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