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Missio Dei
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[German Version]

Missio Dei, “mission of God,” was introduced into the discussion by K. Hartenstein; the term advanced after the missions conference in Willingen (1952, Mission Conferences, German) and soon became a central concept in the theology of mission. In spite of many different emphases, it implies a new Trinitarian foundation for the understanding of missions (cf. opera and missiones in the context of the “economic Trinity”). For, in distinction to ecclesiocentric mission concepts, the Triune God is to be understood as the real “subject” of mission: G…

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Grünschloß, Andreas, “Missio Dei”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_14173>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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