The Reformation Of The Holy Trinity

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Before the Sixteenth century ‘mission’ was used to describe relationships within the holy Trinity. It was not used to describe an aspect of church life. The word ‘missio’ in Latin means ‘to send’, it was used to describe the sending of the Son by the Father, and also the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father and the Son. 1. The Jesuits in Latin American in the late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth centuries started to use the term to describe the spreading of the Christian faith among the heathen of that continent and, subsequently, of the spreading of the Counter Reformation Catholic faith among the Protestants of Europe. By the Nineteenth century the word ‘mission’ began to be used to describe the sending not of the whole Christian faith but of certain representatives of it, specifically the sending of missionaries to a designated territory where they would preach the Gospel and convert non-Christian people. It was in this sense that the word was used in the naming of the new Church Missionary Society in 1801. This became the modern understanding of the term and is still used in the media and popular culture to this day. But the Trinitarian roots of the word are a reminder that mission is about much more than what the churches attempt to achieve or fail to achieve. 2. By the Twentieth century, the churches have rediscovered a deeper and richer meaning to the work “mission” through the influence of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth and his ‘crisis theology’, with its

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