World Christianity and Interreligious Studies

Mission Studies in Uppsala has a clear international perspective. Christian churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America, their theologies, meeting with cultures, political systems and religious traditions are central to studies in the discipline. Similarly studies of connections between South and North, both in terms of migration and mission with the aim of initiating conversions are important.

The discipline of World Christianity and Interreligious Studies embraces methodological and theoretical diversity. Researchers in the field study historical documents, interview people in a variety of situations, interpret theological texts, analyse statistics, follow peace processes and take part in interreligious dialogues.

Mission Studies has in the past been closely connected to the discipline of Church History. The historical dimension remains important, but new directions have also developed. Anthropological, sociological and hermeneutical perspectives on the study of churches and Christian movements are today obvious elements of the discipline. If Mission Studies could, during its first few decades in Uppsala be described as “the study of the spread of Christianity amongst non-Christian peoples”, the subject’s English title “World Christianity and Interreligious Studies” better describes its content today.