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Missions - Theological Problem of Adaptation
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Part of Missions:

1. Church and Mission

2. Salvation of the Non-Evangelized

3. Theological Problem of Adaptation

4. Non-Christian Missions

5. Missiology

1. Adaptation is not a notion of which the theological content has been definitely established. But it is concerned with the relationship of the Church, of its theology, and of Christians to their vis-à-vis, or partner in history, to what is extra ecclesiam, to “the other”. Adaptation will be understood in terms of the theological significance given to “the other” in the one history of God’s dealings with ma…

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Heinz Robert Schlette, “Missions - Theological Problem of Adaptation”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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