Evangelism versus proselytism
A Roman Catholic bishop from Nigeria, Cardinal Francis Arinze, recently noted the difference between evangelism and proselytism – Evangelise don’t proselytise: Arinze – CathNews:
He stressed a difference between evangelisation and proselytism, saying that evangelisation refers to sharing the Christian faith, bringing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to people who freely and willingly welcome this proclamation.
Proselytism, on the other hand ‘seeks to influence people to embrace a certain religion by means that exploit their weak position or put some other pressure on them,’ he said.
It is an important distinction, and one that is far too often overlooked. I have written about it at greater length in this article Evangelism and proselytism, so I won’t say any more here.