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Treasures Old and New: An historian's reflections on contemporary Catholic mission theology

Nemer, Lawrence (2011) Treasures Old and New: An historian's reflections on contemporary Catholic mission theology. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 5 (1). pp. 2-8. ISSN 1834-4682


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Through the study of mission history, we can come to appreciate the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. This article explores, in a tentative way, answers to questions as to its meaning. It examines mission theology in the decades since the end of Vatican II. Dialoguing with the past means letting the missionaries of the past tell us how they saw what they were doing and why -- their work and their spirituality. But it also means listening to the people responding to the missionaries, recognising the baggage from the past and being ready to ask forgiveness. In this way we can be proud of past accomplishments even while realising their limitations.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: mission history, catholic mission theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr. Lawrence Nemer
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 04:40
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 04:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1072

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