July 15, 2004

They teach, we listen?

Check out this opinion piece by Dr. David C. Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity at The Divinity School at Duke University, written for the Orlando Sentinel: World Christianity under new management? Mainline churches and the collapse of colonialism. Quote of note:
Judged by the ancient standard of "everywhere, always, and by all" the international debate in mainline Christian churches over human sexuality is a long way away from achieving a consensus. The temptation of the liberal West will be to give up on dialogue with the more conservative Global South, surrender any hope of consensus, and fall back into the comfortable old ways of colonial thinking.
How is the emerging generation of church leaders thinking about this? Are we truly prepared for a post-colonial Christianity?

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