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Conclusion: A blind alley in evangelicalism?

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One of the direct contexts of origin of Spiritual Mapping, the Church Growth Movement, was embedded in this mystical and political Americanism and sense of Manifest Destiny. Both Spiritual Mapping and its critics did not question Evangelical mission theology as used in the US. They hardly questioned the US central and leading role in missionary world scene as advanced by Spiritual Mapping. Theologically, Spiritual Mapping Movement was born in the context of Evangelical theology. Spiritual Mapping did not produce any new doctrines. It based itself on existing doctrine, although it developed them in a radicalized and dualistic form, which in the end did not prove to be sustainable. It was too speculative and lacking in credibility. The weaknesses indicate a theological blind alley within Evangelicalism. This chapter gives an overview of the topics discussed in the previous chapters.

Keywords: American; Church Growth Movement; evangelicalism; Manifest Destiny; missionary; Spiritual Mapping Movement; theological blind alley

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