“But with gentleness and respect”: Why missions should be ruled by ethics – An Evangelical Perspective on a Code of Ethics for Christian Witness

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First plenary statement at the international theological consultation “Towards an ethical approach to conversion: Christian witness in a multi-religious world” at the Institut de Science et de Theologie des Religions in Toulouse, France from August 8-12, 2007

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the Office on Interreligious Relations and Dialogue (IRRD) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) with delegates from the World Evangelical Alliance.

By Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher

Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher received doctorates in ecumenical theology (Holland), cultural anthropology (USA) and comparative religion (Germany). He is an ethicist and director of the Martin Bucer Seminary and, among other positions, guest Professor of the Sociology of Religion at Oradea State University (Romania). He is director of the newly formed International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn/Cape Town/Singapore) of the World Evangelical Alliance and the chairman of German and Austrian Evangelical Alliance's Working Committee on Religious Freedom.

Link to WEA press release, August 28, 2007: “ Towards an Ethical Approach to Conversion - Christian Witness in a Multi-religious World ” Consultation held in Toulouse, France, 9 – 12 August 2007