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Title:The Nature and Effects of Mission Today: a Case Study from Kenya
Author:Gifford, PaulISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Social Sciences and Missions = Sciences sociales et missions
Volume:20
Pages:117-147
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:missions
Christianity
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/187489407783120993
Abstract:This article takes mission in a broad non-theological sense: the involvement of overseas Christianity in and its influence on local Christianity. Moreover, the article is not a contribution to any particular contemporary missiological debate; it is an empirical study of significant novel realities in Kenyan Christianity, and arose from a year's field research in that country, October 2005 to September 2006. Given its pre-eminent position on the continent, Nairobi is home to numerous mission organizations. More groups seem to be continually moving in and their presence is increasingly obvious in areas such as education and health. It is the nature of this presence and its effects that the author examines. He pays attention to the Western resources of missionary Christianity, contemporary African resentment towards the missionary project, the implantation of the Catholic Church, the increase in so-called short-term missionaries on the Protestant side, Western Christianity's use of the media, interreligious harmony in Kenya, new mission countries such as Korea and Nigeria, and the involvement of new American megachurches. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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