oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Church, mission and development: Revisiting the pragmatic debate
|Article Title||Church, mission and development: Revisiting the pragmatic debate|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Unit for Religious Demographic Research, University of Stellenbosch|
|Publication Date||Nov 2003|
|Pages||405 - 426|
|Keyword(s)||Activist, Conversionist, Cultural oppression, Economic exploitation, Education, Evangelistic confrontation, Intercultural, Liberation theologies, Medical methods, Polycentric, Protestant approaches and Vernacular translation movement|
This paper identifies the historical debate on development projects in the ecumenical movement as the essential starting-point for Christian theology and the churches' ongoing concem with development. Named by Charles Elliot at an early stage as 'The Pragmatic Debate', the paper innovates by distinguishing between a moderate and a radical account of this debate. It is argued that the radical account in particular, problematises a one way, movement in development from the rich and powerful to the poor.
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