In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"In recent times we, the church, are faced with the ever broadening scope of cultures related to Christianity. What it means to be “Christian” has come a long way from the W.A.S.P. profile that was previously a good cultural indicator. Now, as noted by Shenk, “60% of all Christians live outside of the traditional western heartland.”1 With this fact in mind, we have to ask ourselves two very important questions. How can the history of Christianity be represented in the most all-encompassing way, and what about the Christian present liturgy can be changed to incorporate a greater sense of cultural relevance for non-Western churches? This means taking another look at Africa and Asia and reevaluating how these cultures fit, not only into the history books, but into the way in which Christians perceive themselves today."
"Ecclesial Questions for the Global Community,"
Verbum: Vol. 7
, Article 12.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol7/iss1/12