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Monday, March 4 • 16:45 - 18:45
#4/057 – Proselytism or/and mission

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The conception of this term originates from the greek word proselitos (Προσήλυτος), in the course of translating the Bible from Hebrew to Greek. It means the set of the forms regarding the conversion of others, the active efforts to win the adherents into the concrete religion, sharing the truth of the salvation. The use of the “unworthy motivation” has created the negative connotation of this term and the appeals to give it up for the interconfessional dialogue. Today, the term Proselytism has been replaced by the term Evangelization; in 1975, Vatican has published the real systematical program of the modern evangelization, ”Evangelii nuntiandi”. The New WCC Affirmation on Mission and Evangelism “Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes” (2012) does confirm the need of a new conversion (metanoia) in mission. The main difference by analyzing Proselytism and Mission lies in the comprehensive philosophical view part-to-whole.

  • Marianna Napolitano (Fscire)

  • Elena Miroshnikova (Pushkin Leningrad State University) - Proselytism and/or Mission: Perspectives of Law and Religion
  • Olga Kazmina (Lomonosov Moscow State University) - The issue of missionary and proselytism in the social work of faith-based organizations among refugees
  • Jaime Bonet Navarro (University of Valencia) - Religious proselytism in Spain: regulation and challenges
  • Szabolcs Nagypál (Eötvös Loránd University) - Proselytism and Mission in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue: Making False Witnesses

  • Mikhail Smirnov (Pushkin Leningrad State University)

Language: English / Russian


Szabolcs Nagypál

Eötvös Loránd University

Jaime Bonet Navarro

Universitat de València

Elena Miroshnikova

Pushkin Leningrad State University

Olga Kazmina

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Mikhail Smirnov

Pushkin Leningrad State University


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