Het gewicht van het zwaartepunt: Recht doen aan het wereldchristendom | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 68, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


Uncritically claiming that Christianity’s centre of gravity has shifted from the West to the global South is problematic because such a claim does not pay sufficient attention to the underlying power dynamics at play. I critique the popular conception of World Christianity where the West is tacitly omitted from the ‘World’ of World Christianity and therefore retains its normative character. Furthermore, I critique the usage of the concept of centre of gravity, because it perpetuates the language of power. Dismantling the binary between the West and ‘the rest’ involves both a theological reappropriation of centre and periphery and renewed attention to the history of Christianity.


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