The Annunciation of the Gospel
Fifty years ago, Ivan Illich – then a trainer of missionaries – declared that the Church should withdraw from its current role in third world development and focus instead on “the annunciation of the gospel.” This would be the church's “contribution to development which could not be made by any other institution.” Since then church institutions have instead greatly expanded their role in relief and development. This article examines why we need to listen to Illich.
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