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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 27, Issue 1, 1999
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Volume 27, Issue 1, 1999
Author Frans J. VerstraelenSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 3 –9 (1999)More Less
Rev. Thompson Samkange was the first black Zimbabwean to attend an International Christian Conference, the one held in Tambaram-Madras, India, December 1938. Samkange was born and bred in Zimbabwe, where he also was trained as a minister in the Methodist Church. His attendance of the conference was a unique experience and he returned to Zimbabwe, determined that he should speak out on all occasions about the new truths he had absorbed and old, familiar truths that now became realities to be lived - among others, Christian unity, social reconstruction and economic order. Christians need to establish unity in spite of diversity and this can be achieved if churches do not stress their denominational character more than their being church.
Author Ezra ChitandoSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 10 –19 (1999)More Less
Religion and culture permeate all areas of people's life. This article explores the issue of cremation in Zimbabwe by highlighting the attitudes of African Christians. It illustrates the tenacity of African culture and how this has shaped views regarding cremation. Since the indigenous culture has adopted burial as a means of disposing of the dead, converts to the migrant religion' have maintained this practice. In the light of this reality, the paper argues that Christianity should continue to be sensitive to African culture if it is to blossom. A short history of cremation is provided, as well as other reasons for the African Christian resistance to the practice.
Author Klaus NurnbergerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 20 –61 (1999)More Less
The concept of redemption is central to an understanding of the mission of the church. liberation theology elevated the exodus motif to its hermeneutical key, while conventional Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical schools concentrate on issues surrounding covenant, law and grace. As part of a project to reconceptualise the soteriological agenda in more holistic and genuinely biblical terms, this essay traces the trajectory of the exodus-conquest paradigm through biblical history. It finds that, in biblical times, the exodus motif did not play an emancipatory role, but rather defined the identity of the Israelites / Jews as the chosen people of God.
Author Peter J. BarrettSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 62 –72 (1999)More Less
An outline of Newbigin's career leads into a discussion of his challenge to the church to engage with the modern science-based culture of the West, evaluating the latter in terms of a contemporary biblically-based world-view. Thus can the Church begin to see the gospel as 'public truth', affecting all areas of public life if its members are equipped for the engagement, for the gospel can form the heart of a metaphysical scheme of the widest rationality and greatest explanatory power. His approach is compared briefly with ideas of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Konrad Raiser.
Author Aruna GnanadasonSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 73 –83 (1999)More Less
Violence against women is one of the most obvious ways in which relationships between women and men are broken and it is here that reconciliation is often required. Violence against women is not always expressed in the brutal forms, as in the testimonies to the TRC in South Africa - the everyday experiences of women can be more subtle, more difficult to deal with, more hidden and therefore so easy to dismiss as irrelevant. We need new theological and political categories so that we as human beings can live in harmony with each other.
Author Mike McCoySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 84 –95 (1999)More Less
Why are Anglicans, including those in Australia, often weaker than other traditions in doing theology, especially missiology? Anglicanism's Englishness, its preference for a pastoral incamationalism and a church-planting model of mission, as well as the effects of the Christendom paradigm, are possible explanations. Australian Anglicans need to rediscover the missio Dei as the integrating principle of their identity and purpose. Several implications of this are explored, along with ways for ""Anglican"", ""church"" and ""Australia"" to engage in creative trialogue. Could the new Australian missiology network help that happen?
Author Frederick HaleSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 96 –114 (1999)More Less
In this novel of 1989, Ugandan literary scholar Timothy Wangusa explores the cultural incompatibility of missionary Christianity as manifested in Anglican endeavours in eastern Uganda and certain folkways of the Gisu people of that region. The principal character is a young convert who strives for intellectual and spiritual maturity at a Christian boarding school while maintaining close ties to his village near Mount Eigon, where circumcision is upheld as an indispensable rite de passage to manhood. Wangusa explores dimensions of this protagonist's dilemma and criticises the moral hypocrisy and cultural myopia of the Anglican missionaries in question. ""Upon this mountain"" is primarily a reconstruction of religio-cultural conflicts and an account of disaffection with both mandatory male circumcision and missionary Christianity.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 115 –130 (1999)More Less
The December 1997 issue of Missionalia contained an article by Professor S. T. Kgatla, entitled ""The perspectives of 'undersiders' and 'topsiders' on African religions."" In it, he expressed strong views on the approaches of various white theologians to African religion. Three of these theologians, Dr A.S. van Niekerk, Prof. D. Crafford and Prof. J.A. van Rooy, reacted to his article by submitting responses to the editorial board.
A debate on attitudes to African religion: A conversation and confrontation with Afrikaner theologiansAuthor S.T. KgatlaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 27, pp 131 –137 (1999)More Less
This paper is a response to the three foregoing objections by Afrikaner theologians to my article ""The perspectives of 'undersiders' and 'topsiders' on African Religions"" (Kgatla 1997) that was published in Missionalia in December 1997. In that article I tried to expose and challenge the illusion of superiority of some white academics who pretend to know black culture better than black people themselves. Most of these white academics are former missionaries who worked among black people and were later promoted to the positions of lectureship in white controlled institutions.