Missiologisk forum

Welcome to Missiologisk forum 2019.


05.02.2019 - 13:15 to 15:00

One of the great tasks in mission is to discern the spirits. In our effort to do that, contextualisation has for many become a valuable concept, while syncretism has been rejected as heresy. At the same time, it might be difficult to distinguish between the two. Some will argue that as long as the Church is in dialogue with culture, we must contextualize and cannot avoid syncretism. The need for reflection on these challenges and the differences between the two concepts is not only necessary for mission abroad, but is as necessary for mission in a Norwegian context.

To help us in this regard, the prominent missiologist, Stephen Bevans, will introduce the theme and participate in a dialogue with two other scholars and the plenary.

Bevans is well known for his contribution to contextual theology and is professor emeritus of Mission and Culture. His most famous book is Models of Contextual Theology, and among the latest is Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context, and Prophetic Dialogue.

Prior to Missiologisk Forum, Bevans will give the Myklebust lecture at MF, with the title:

Emerging Theologies in Mission: Prophetic dialogue, Discipleship, Attraction

Missiologisk forum

13.15-13.45 The tension between contextualisation and syncretism - Professor emeritus Stephen Bevans

13.45-13.55 Response by Agnes Lid

13.55-14.05 Response by Harald Hegstad

14.05-14.15 Short break

14.15-15.00 Plenary session. Comments and questions from the plenary to the panel


All are welcome to both or one of the events. The Myklebust lecture and Missiologisk Forum is free of charge.

Participants have to arrange their own lunch.
There is no registration.

Organisers: MF, NORME and the Egede Institute