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Colonialism and Mission
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[German Version]

I. History – II. Missiology

I. History

1. Preliminary remarks

As never before in its history, Christianity has become a “world religion.” Since the middle of the 1980s, the majority of the Christian population of the world no longer lives in the northern, but in the southern hemisphere. This development is the consequence of significant demographic shifts and of the differing growth dynamics of the churches of the North and the South. At the same time,…

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Koschorke, Klaus and Kamphausen, Erhard, “Colonialism and Mission”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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