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The Southern African Missiological Society publishes the journal Missionalia three times a year, with articles, reviews and abstracts dealing with Christian mission.
African Initiated Churches (AICs) are the fastest-growing Christian groups in many parts of Africa. This page gives some introductory information about them, a list of AIC researchers, and links for some articles where more information can be found.
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What is missiology?If you found your way to these pages by accident, you may be wondering what missiology is. Missiology, also known as mission studies, is a fairly new academic discipline, particularly in the English-speaking world. It could be said to have begun in central Europe. It began in the 19th century, but has only spread to Britain in the last 20 years or so.
Missiology is probably the most interdisciplinary of all theological subjects. It is concerned with such things as the history, theology and methods of Christian mission, and its social effects.
Different schools of mission studies approach the subject differently. Some take a practical, how-to approach, and by analogy with pure maths and applied maths, speak of "applied missiology". For them, missiology is a tool to be used by missionaries "in the field", as opposed to back in the classroom.
Others are more concerned with the theoretical side, and concentrate of some of the effects of mission, including some of the varieties of theology that have been spawned, partly as a result of Christian mission - liberation theology, black theology and feminist theology, for example.
Missiology is also closely linked with social and cultural anthropology. Much Christian mission has involved a meeting of people of different cultures, and the cultural interactions that follow have had significant effects in shaping the world as we know it today. Again, there are different emphases in different schools of missiology. Some are concerned primarily with cross-cultural evangelism - communicating the Christian message to people of a different culture. Others are more concerned with inculturation - making the church that results from Christian missionary activity less exotic in its new setting.
Missiologists who study cultural interactions are inclined to use anthropology as a tool, and anthropologists have become increasingly concerned with the study of Christian mission activity, since it provides examples of intercultural activity. Even the history of the two disciplines is intertwined. The early anthropologists of the 19th century often used ethnographic descriptions provided by Christian missionaries in their study of "primitive" cultures, and many of the missionaries themselves became absorbed in the study of cultures different from their own, though few, at that stage, made a similar study of their own culture.