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Conversion in Post-secularity

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Understandings on the Missiological Field

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This article takes the post-secular mind-set as a heuristic lens to see the concept of conversion in a new, and perhaps refreshing, way. Missiology, taken here as the theological and therefore critical study of Christian mission, has always had a keen eye on conversion as a concept covering manifold experiences of change in religious faith, behaviour, and allegiance. However, the modern secular outlook has not been able to cater for a good missiological explanation and understanding of ongoing conversions. We will assess the work of two outspoken missiologists of our day, Marion Grau and Bryan Stone, in order to find out what a post-secular outlook on conversion may bring to light. Post-secularity may encourage missiologists to move beyond the secular imaginary of conversion as only a socioeconomic phenomenon on the one hand, and beyond the religious imaginary of conversion as only an answer to a divine call on the other hand. Post-secularity opens up to see the complex contextual entanglement of the religious and the secular realm involved in conversion.1本文以后世俗的思想倾向作为启发式的透镜,用全新的方式来看待转化的概念。宣教学,作为神学和基督教宣教的重要研究,总是对转化很关注, 因它覆盖了多层面的宗教信仰和行为上的改变和拥护。但是,现代世俗观点不能对不断的转化作一个好的宣教的解释和了解。我们会对两位当今坦率的宣教学者,马瑞恩·葛若和布瑞·斯彤的著作做个评估,以发现后世俗的观点会对转化带来什么亮光。后世俗主义可能会鼓励宣教学者们,一方面逾越将转化当作社会经济现象的世俗虚构,另一方面逾越将转化当作唯一回应上帝呼召的宗教虚构。后世俗主义打开了转化在宗教与世俗领域里的复杂的处境化的缠绕。Este artículo utiliza una lente investigativa pos-secular para tratar el concepto de la conversion a través de un método quizás nuevo y refrescante. La misionología, tomada aquí como el estudio teológico y, por lo tanto, crítico de la misión cristiana, ha puesto siempre una mirada perspicaz sobre la conversión como un concepto que abarca múltiples experiencias de cambio en la fe religiosa, en el comportamiento y en la fidelidad. Sin embargo, la perspectiva secular moderna no ha sido capaz de proveer una buena explicación y comprensión misionológicas sobre conversiones que se producen de manera continua. Se evaluará el trabajo de Marion Grau y Bryan Stone, dos misiólogos muy francos de nuestros días, para saber si esta perspectiva pos-secular puede aportar algo nuevo sobre la conversión. Por un lado, la pos-secularidad puede ayudar a que los misiólogos vayan más allá del imaginario social sobre la conversión como un fenómeno socio-económico; y por el otro, ir más allá del imaginario religioso de la conversión como sólo una respuesta al llamado divino. La pos-secularidad permite observar la compleja situación contextual entre el ámbito religioso y el secular involucrados en el tema de la conversión.This article is in English.

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