Achievements and Hazards of Contextualization in Theology: The Case of Christian Mission


  • Ovidiu MOLDOVAN Doctoral School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania


This article reviews the major changes in the theological approach that occurred in the second half of the 20th century. There is a naturalness of contextualization. It has to do with how the human mind interrogates reality and then particularizes the answers it receives into sets of truths that help it be the man of its own reality. However, contextualization is a risky approach. The particular does not always reproduce the general at the risk of losing the essence that gives meaning to everything. But the risk is worth taking and the winner is, finally, the Christian mission itself. KEYWORDS: theology, contextualization, models, mission, objective truth, subjective truth, perspectival truth