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Volume 36, Issue 1, 2008
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 4 –15 (2008)More Less
The war against the devastating effects of HIV and Aids continues to be waged on different fronts. From a medical perspective, the discovery of anti-retroviral drugs should be considered a breakthrough, as it has given life to those whom society had considered 'dead'. However, for people living with HIV and Aids, one of their greatest challenges now is stigmatisation. This is particularly so when the person living with HIV and Aids is a Christian. It is in this context that this article discusses the problem of stigmatisation, suggesting a contextually relevant reading and exegesis of John 7:53-8:11. The article argues that the passage provides valuable insights regarding de-stigmatisation in the context of HIV and Aids.
"The sky is red, so we are going to have fine weather". The Kairos Document and the signs of the times, then and nowSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 16 –28 (2008)More Less
There are similarities and dissimilarities between the present context and the context in 1985 when the Kairos Document was published. The similarities are indeed such that they necessitate an analysis of "the times" in 2009 analogous to the way that Kairos did it in 1985. Some of these similarities are briefly analysed and an overview of important aspects of the present South African political economy is presented. Four important implications for a call to action in South Africa today are indicated in conclusion.
Author Tony BalcombSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 29 –45 (2008)More Less
This article approaches mission from the perspective of the receivers, not the senders: what Africans heard, rather than what European missionaries said. It adopts a narrative approach to Christian mission, by telling the stories of four characters in South African history who lived in a particular period of history in a particular geographical area and analyzing them, using both sociological and theological tools. After giving some historical background to the Christian mission in the Eastern Cape, and some cultural background to the Xhosa people, it relates the stories of four protagonists - Nongqawuse, Nxele, Ntsikana and Soga - and then does a sociological and a theological analysis of their encounters with the Christian faith, demonstrating the extent to which the Christian mission was interpreted in terms of the worldview and historical circumstances of the Xhosa people and contributed to the Great Xhosa Cattle Killing of 1856.
Author Nico BothaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 46 –59 (2008)More Less
The article engages some elements of the Edinburgh 2010 process critically, in particular the overall theme that was initially suggested to guide the process. In advancing African perspectives on the theme Mission in humility and hope, the notion of African perspectives is defined in terms of a protracted kairos. Drawing on some of the World Mission Conferences and on scholars like Bosch and Newbigin, the latter two specifically on their understanding of Christian hope, issues of humility and hope are discussed. In discussion with Bosch and Newbigin, the argument is advanced that hope needs to be mediated. A few random illustrations are pressed into service to show the necessity of praxiological mediation.
Ex oriente lux? The representation of Asiatic religions and cultures in Catholic education from 1870 until 1950Author Jan Van WieleSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 60 –85 (2008)More Less
This article explores how, from a Christian and rationalistic viewpoint, Asiatic religions were presented in Belgian and American Catholic secondary and higher education in the 19th and early 20th century, based on an analysis of apologetic textbooks edited between 1870 until 1950. The study uses contemporary theological constructs such as inclusivism and exclusivism, which describe theological attitudes towards other religions. The article limits itself to the Christian assessments of five Asiatic religions in these textbooks, namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, and Taoism. The author concludes that the inter-religious paradigm underlying the image formation of these Asiatic religions in the textbooks is inclusivism.
John Calvin's theology of the charismata : its influence on the Reformed Confessions and its implications for the church's missionAuthor Derrick MashauSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 86 –97 (2008)More Less
In the face of the growing phenomenon of neo-Pentecostalism or Charismatic renewal and its aggression in mission, it is imperative to consider how other church traditions reflect on the theology of the charismata and mission. This study investigates the Reformed tradition as represented in this case by John Calvin. This study is necessitated by accusations levelled against the Reformed faith and theology that it lacks zeal for missions because it is reluctant to use the full armour of the charismata in the life of the church. This study explores the ways in which Calvin, the father of Calvinism and one of the leading Reformers of the 16th century, addressed the issue of the charismata through his writings. It also seeks to investigate the influence of Calvin's theology on the Reformed Confessions and the church's missionary calling. The study, therefore, reflects on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and His ongoing relationship to the church. It points to the fact that the evangelistic effect of Calvinism lies in its scriptural thought and phraseology, as well as its intense spirituality, lofty enthusiasm, and logical strength in its clear formulation of the Christian doctrines that have direct implications to the church's missionary calling.
Space and spatiality at Gerlachshoop and Thabantsho (1860-1864) : relationships between the missionaries and the BakopaAuthor Willem S. BoshoffSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 98 –120 (2008)More Less
Today the localities of the Berlin mission station Gerlachshoop and the adjacent royal Bakopa village Thabantsho are archaeological sites. Surface surveys and archaeological excavations have exposed the character of a place that was the scene of contact between the African chief Boleu of the Bakopa and the missionaries of the Berlin Missionary Society between 1860 and 1864. Their contact occurred in a period of tension between the Bakopa and other African polities, such as the Bapedi, the Ndzundza-Ndebele and the Swazi. The contact also occurred against the backdrop of the formation of the Boer Republics in central southern Africa. At Thabantsho, Boleu initially welcomed the missionaries but soon made their lives extremely difficult by his actions. This vicissitude of rapprochement and animosity materialised in spatial arrangements at and around Thabantsho. When Boleu and many of his people died in battle against a combined Swazi-Boer force on 10 May 1864, the battle also signalled the end of the missionary work at Gerlachshoop for decades afterwards. Both places were deserted.
Hopeful beginning - abrupt ending : the mission attempt of the Berlin Mission Society amongst the BakopaAuthor Ulrich Van der HeydenSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 121 –138 (2008)More Less
The history of the Bakopa ethnic group and of the missionary work among them by the Berlin Mission Society has not yet been adequately researched. This article explores the history of the Gerlachshoop mission station and the work of two Berlin missionaries, Merensky and Grützner, in relation to the Bakopa community and their chief Boleu. The political history of the Boer administration at Lydenburg and its relationship to African chiefs like Boleu and Mapoch is sketched, as the background of the sudden demise of the mission due to a Boer-inspired attack by an army of Swazi warriors.
Author Susan RakoczySource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 139 –145 (2008)More Less
This article is based on a plenary paper presented at the 2008 Congress of the Southern African Missiological Society that wove together the main themes and presentations of the Congress on the theme of hope-giving Christian communities. Two communities of hope, the Taizé Community in France and the Pietermaritzburg Agency of Christian Social Awareness, are presented. The stories of hope presented in this article demonstrate that hope is communal, contextual, and focused on praxis. Several principles of interpretation are offered to assist in understanding the depths of these stories of hope.
Mission in the new millennium : theological grounds for World Mission, Risto A. Ahonen : book reviewAuthor P.J. KnutsonSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 146 –147 (2008)More Less
The original Finnish edition was published in 2000, with the support of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission. The study was meant to assist the organisation (established in 1859) to reflect on its understanding and practice of mission at the start of the new millennium.
Essays in Neurotheology : the completeness Theory and Progress Theology, Jacob Abraham : book reviewAuthor Mark MaraisSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36 (2008)More Less
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 147 –148 (2008)More Less
Author G.W.S. Van RooyenSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 148 –149 (2008)More Less
The conservative evangelical tradition is not generally renowned for its veneration of saints. However, James Hudson Taylor's place in evangelical hagiography has been secured ever since the publication, in 1911 and 1918, of the two volumes of his biography by his son, Howard Taylor, and daughter-in-law, Geraldine Guinness.
Author Stephan JoubertSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 149 –150 (2008)More Less
In this ground-breaking study, Richard Burridge, Dean and Director of New Testament Studies at King's College in London, approaches the ethical teaching of the New Testament from the perspective of a narratological-biographical reading of the Gospels. Contrary to many other studies on this topic, Burridge forcefully argues that Jesus should always be the origin and starting point of such an undertaking. He argues that Jesus' ethics cannot be divorced from his own preaching on the kingdom of God, with the double command to love God and neighbour at its very heart. From this hermeneutical perspective, Burridge shows that the imitation of Jesus is the real issue at stake. Believers are called to imitate his life, words, and actions. In other words, we must emulate his open acceptance of others, especially sinners and outcasts.
A cultural hermeneusis : On caste culture, its discontents and politics of culture - a model of contextual theologising, Joseph C.M.I. Chittooparampil : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 150 –151 (2008)More Less
In this interesting publication, Chittooparampil sheds new light on the caste culture of India and the whole of south Asia. He does so from an involvement in social, religious, and theological services that stretches over many years. Important features of his work appear to be the fact that he offers a new interpretation of caste, that his approach is firmly rooted in the tradition of Contextual Theology, and that he almost exclusively, draws on the insights and inspiration of Indian sociologists, historians, and theologians over the past fifty years.
The phenomenon of Christian conversion with particular reference to its theology in the Indian context, James Chacko : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36 (2008)More Less
This booklet is based on research and writing done in the study for a Master's degree at Andhra University in India. Against the backdrop of "the heated discussion and debate over the phenomenon of Christian conversion in India" around the dawn of the new millennium (p. ix), the author sets out to analyse the subject theologically, in order to determine the meaning and implications of conversion in India. He does this in four chapters, and ends with a chapter of conclusions.
Faith seeking effectiveness : the Missionary Theology of José Míguez Bonino, Paul J. Davies : book reviewAuthor Natie Van WykSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36 (2008)More Less
Paul Davies is currently Dean of Post-Graduate Studies, and Tutor in Theology of Mission, at All Nations Christian College. He spent ten years in Latin America being involved in mission training and facilitation. He taught biblical, historical, and theological subjects related to mission in three seminaries in Argentina. He was also a member of various mission boards in Latin America.
Christian worship worldwide : expanding horizons, deepening practices, Charles E. Farhadian (Ed.) : book reviewAuthor F.J. ClasenSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36 (2008)More Less
In this book, leading scholars - experts in history, mission, culture, and liturgy - offer diverse essays addressing worship in the context of worldwide Christianity. The writers attempt to highlight Christian worship in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse body of worldwide Christians, and to distil lessons and challenges for the Church today.
Practical Theology and the One Body of Christ : toward a missional-ecumenical model, Thomas John Hastings : book reviewAuthor Malan NelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 36, pp 153 –154 (2008)More Less
Thomas John Hastings is a Professor in Practical Theology at the Tokyo Union Theological Seminary. This book is the result of his Ph.D. dissertation, and is published in the series Studies in Practical Theology with Don Browning, James Fowler, Friedrich Schweitzer, and Hans van der Ven as editors. The introduction confirms my contention that this book is not just a popular 'mission book', but a well-documented academic work. As such, it deserves the attention of everybody in the fields of missiology and Practical Theology. The quote on the back cover of the book underlines this: "This series contributes to the growing discipline of practical theology by providing frontline scholarship on major topics in the field, with an emphasis on the merging international discussion".