n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Creation at the heart of mission?
|Article Title||Creation at the heart of mission?|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Author||Ernst M. Conradie|
|Publication Date||Nov 2010|
|Pages||380 - 396|
|Keyword(s)||Agents of mission, Bosch, Creation, Missio Dei, Mission, University of the Western Cape and Van Ruler|
This contribution explores the linguistic possibilities of the phrase "creation at the heart of mission". If "creation" is understood as shorthand for "care for creation", then the phrase would be understandable. This is indeed the way in which earth-keeping is accommodated in South African missiological discourse, namely as one dimension of mission. However, if creation is understood as creatura there emerges serious ecological (where humans form part of God's creation) and cosmological problems: How is "mission" then to be understood? Who are the agents of mission? Who is sent by whom and where to? If creation is understood as creatio, then the phrase would be clear but implausible: Why is God's act of creation at the heart of God's work? The argument of this article is that the meaning of phrase may be retrieved if mission is understood as God's mission, if the asymmetry between God's mission and human mission (or the church's mission) is emphasised and if God's faithfulness to creation as creatura is radicalised.
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