29.11.09

The Church Union of South India as a Question for the Lutheran Church

...the new union movement on the Protestant mission fields runs the risk of becoming a tool of Asian-African nationalism and anti-colonialism. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) already has to contend against the accusation that the great confessional federations, unlike the World Council of Churches (WCC), perpetuate “a kind of churchly colonialism” (Report on New Delhi in Lutheran World, May 1962, p. 121). This is the language especially of the churches in East Asia whom missionaries talked into believing that the church’s dogma is “Western” thinking, as if Athanasius and Augustine had not been Africans and the Cappadocians, Chrysostom and Cyril, had not been Asians.

The Union of South India as a Question for the Lutheran Church
Letters to Lutheran Pastors, No. 56
Translated by Holger Sonntag and published here with his kind permission.

Information on the Church of South India is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_South_India

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