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Accurate Diagnosis?:Exploring Convergence and Divergence in Non-Western Missionary and Sociological Master Narratives of Christian Decline in Western Europe

Catto, Rebecca (2013) Accurate Diagnosis?:Exploring Convergence and Divergence in Non-Western Missionary and Sociological Master Narratives of Christian Decline in Western Europe. Transformation, 30 (1). pp. 31-45. ISSN 0265-3788

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Abstract

Non-Western Christian missionaries from a variety of backgrounds represent Europe as in decline in terms of its religiosity and morals. Such evaluations are set against a backdrop of Christian demographic shift from the global North to the global South and secularization theory. The shift in demographics is, however, unfinished, as is the inversion of relations implied by the vocal, critical presence of Southern Christians in Europe. There is great religious variety within Europe, the West and the global South. Hence scholars are developing fresh theoretical lenses to take better account of contexts and connections in analyses, and further research into the relationship between rhetoric and reality is called for.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Transformation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europe ; Global North ; Global South ; Mission ; Secularization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 57165
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Aug 2012 09:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2013 08:57
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57165

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