Mission Work in Post-Nietzschean and Post-Schmidtian Society

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Philipus Tule


The reality of change amidst globalization is increasingly preceded and guided by science, namely the intellectual study of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation. In today’s increasingly science-oriented world, cognitive paradigm shifts will inevitably give birth to significant changes in all domains, including mission work. Such changes will demand new ways of conducting missionary activities.

Postmodern mission work allows more openness to mission service and missiological theories transcending the boundaries of logic and reason. With changes in life patterns among people at the center of the church’s mission, the Church and missionaries need to re-reflect on the models of ecclesiastical missions. The old patterns successful in the past might not be relevant today. The Church needs to reorganize its mission strategy to answer the needs of the new generation in the contemporary era. In the 6 ASPAC MER International Seminar (2022), we discussed various issues and provided practical suggestions for the Divine Word Society and missionaries in general. More specifically, we suggest that local and Universal Churches reposition their mission and pastoral ministry. In this paper, “Culture: Specific Thinking and Acting” in the Postmodern and Post-Truth Society, I attempt to draw the attention of our readers to Post-Nietzschean Anthropology with its focus on multiple objective worlds and PostSchmidtian Anthropology with its idea of Urmonotheismus.


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Philipus Tule, Widya Mandira Catholic University

Asosiasi Antropologi Indonesia (AAI), Asosiasi Perguruan Tinggi Katolik, Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities, Australian National University, Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI), Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Katolik Ledalero, The Divine Word Missionaries, Universitas Katolik Widya Mandira Kupang