n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - If everything is contextualisation, nothing is contextualisation : historical, methodological and epistemological perspectives

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The article traces the historical, methodological and epistemological roots of contextualisation. It demonstrates the process of the emergence of the notion of contextualisation in the circles of the World Council of Churches with particular reference to the work of the Theological Education Fund and the critical thinking of Shoki Coe. A further issue in the article is a critical conversation with two controversies regarding contextualisation, namely syncretism and the broad assumption that all theology is contextual theology. The article concludes with a proposal on a new round of contextual theologies in South Africa. The proposal feeds into a number of realities in South Africa today such as poverty, violence against women and children, HIV/Aids, identity and inter-religious encounter.

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