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date: 23 September 2019

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Chapter 36 first establishes Christianity’s engagement with the movement of peoples and its encounter with new contexts and then focuses on the extensive movement of migrant workers in and from Asia. Understanding the impact of contemporary migration on Asian Christianity entails the consideration of two important features of Christianity: the Christian ideal of universality and the consequent transformation of Christianity as a result of its interaction with new social contexts. Even today, the movement of peoples and the resulting changes in the world are shaping the nature and character of Christianity. It has not only provided the vehicle for Christianity’s inherent missionary impulse but also occasioned new forms of Christian thought and practice.

Keywords: movement of peoples, migrant workers, contemporary migration, ideal of universality, transformation of Christianity, new social contexts

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