Encyclopedia of Christianity Online

Get access

Gentiles, Gentile Christianity
(1,436 words)

1. Usage

Gentile Christianity takes on its meaning in antithesis to Jewish Christianity. The reference is to all non-Jewish Christians. Another term often used for non-Jews before Christian conversion is “heathen,” as in “missions to the heathen.” In the modern understanding of mission, however, this terminology is usually regarded as either too militant or too patronizing, and it is thus thought better to speak of non-Christians and to describe heathen religions as non-Christian religions, …

Cite this page
Berger, Klaus, “Gentiles, Gentile Christianity”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G22>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

▲   Back to top   ▲