1 1Professor of Inter-religious Relations, Faculty of Religious Studies, Professor of Mission Studies, Faculty of Theology, Director, Institute for Mission Studies: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (b. 1956), Visiting Professor at Tangaza
School of Theology, Catholic University of Eastern Africa and at Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Reflecting from a European perspective upon the shift of the centre of gravity of Christianity to the global South, the author explores the implications of this shift for intercultural communication and hermeneutics within world Christianity. Are North-South relationships within world Christianity simply to be reversed, and does European Christianity end up exclusively at the receiving end? Discussing his studies of Christian immigrants in The Netherlands, the author states that the struggle between Western and non-Western Christians is a struggle about the values of modernity. This is shown in de debates about abortion, single sex marriages and euthanasia. The author holds that European theologians cannot simply return to pre-modern values, stick to modern universalism or be satisfied with post-modern relativity. They must develop further a trans-modern hermeneutic.