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Conversion And Mission: Missionary Insertion And The Social Conditions Of Christianization

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One way to understand conversion is as a change of religious adherence that becomes a gain for a religion that proceeds from a different socio- cultural environment from that of the person who converts. With respect to social conditions, attention will be given not only to cultural factors but also to the political and economic ones. The history of Christian missions goes back to the very origins of the faith, whether through the writings of missionaries or in the form of external relations. The sociocultural status of the foreigner constitutes the necessary condition of the missionary as a migrant. The dynamics of the relations between the politicoeconomic realm and the mission of evangelization is shown to be one of the most complex, and during a long period essentially was centered around salaried work and its instances of regulation relating to the quinquina plantations in the traditional lands of the Bamileke.

Keywords: Christian missions; missionary insertion; political economic relations; social conditions



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