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Flucht, Migration und Integration Flight, Migration and Integration

Eine Anfrage an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie A Question for Christian Theology and Social Engagement

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Edited By Matthias Heesch, Russell Kleckley and Hans Schwarz

Das Buch legt theologische Deutungen der Thematik Flucht, Migration und Integration, ausgehend von verschiedenen kulturellen und sozialen Kontexten, vor. Viele der Beiträgerinnen und Beiträger sind an Orten tätig, in denen dieser Themenkomplex ähnlich bedeutend ist, wie in Westeuropa. Sie besprechen Flucht, Migration und Integration als Fragen an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie. Ihre individuellen Antworten und Sichtweisen bereichern die kritische Debatte über diese aktuellen Herausforderungen.

This book presents theological approaches to the subject flight, migration and integration from various cultural and social contexts. Many of the contributors are active in places where the issue of flight, migration and integration is similarly significant as it is in Western Europe. They discuss flight, migration and integration as questions for Christian theology and diaconia. Their individual responses and views illuminate and inform the critical discussion for the challenges facing today’s world.

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A Contextual Study on the Reality of Migration from Biblical, Theological, and Missionary Perspectives

A Contextual Study on the Reality of Migration from Biblical, Theological, and Missionary Perspectives

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←32 | 33→Santhosh J. Sahayadoss

Abstract: Biblical and theological reflections show that God is on the side of the vulnerable aliens who are rejected by the powerful. Jesus constantly taught his disciples to show kindness to strangers and the weak in society. The church of the 21st century is challenged to undertake the concern for the stranger as part of its mission.

From the beginning, human beings have been nomads, who for various reasons have had to move from one place to another. Complex, multi-dimensional social situations compelled them to leave their place of origin and be willing to take up the challenge of facing the „unknown.“1 While human history testifies to this reality from the beginning, in the present the impact of globalization has in various ways made migration an unavoidable factor. Today, more people are migrating nationally and internationally than ever before due to various reasons.2 Some migrants have no other option than to migrate due to social and political pressures and subsequently are uprooted from their native home, while others are internally displaced. Another group of people turn out to be refugees.3 It is common knowledge that migration in the 21st century is not that easy as it was before because of various rules, regulations and laws. However, advanced technology and transportation has made migration a common phenomenon in the recent times.4

On the one hand, it is true that people migrate for personal reasons like seeking personal safety, comfort,...

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