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Volume 39, Issue 1_2, 2011
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 3 –4 (2011)More Less
Twenty one years ago, in 1991, David Bosch's book Transforming mission: paradigm shifts in theology of mission was published by Orbis Books. It turned out to be a remarkable event in the world of missiology, as today the book has been translated into at least 15 languages, with a total of around 60,000 copies in print. It has become the most widely used and also the most influential textbook in Missiology ever, all over the world.
Author Willem SaaymanSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 5 –17 (2011)More Less
David Bosch had significant influence as a public theologian in the late 1970s and 1980s. It was especially his use of the concept of "alternative community" that made a strong impression on the debates. I extend this debate by referring to the lesser known concept of "antibody" that Bosch also used. I sketch the background of Bosch's understanding of the terms, and seek to apply this understanding to the present theological situation in the country. I do this by seeking to develop a socio-theological analysis with reference to the Kairos Document of 1985 for twenty-first century South Africa.
Author Nico BothaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 18 –31 (2011)More Less
Some reviewers of David Bosch's magnum opus Transforming mission are considered in this article. Three questions emanating from how these reviewers look at the book are the focus of the discussion: How present is Africa in Bosch's missiology? How contextual is Bosch's missiology? How postmodern is Bosch's postmodern missiology? A tentative proposal is offered on children in mission as the new hermeneutic of mission and the source of a postmodern missiological epistemology.
"Mission as ..." must we choose?
A dialogue with Bosch, Bevans & Schroeder and Schreiter in the South African contextAuthor Klippies KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 32 –59 (2011)More Less
This paper explores three approaches to the theology of mission that use the phrase "mission as ..." to describe the basic nature of (or indicate the diversity within) the encompassing mission of God. The views analysed and compared in the paper are mainly those of Bosch (1980, 1991), Bevans & Schroeder (2004) and Schreiter (1992, 1997, 1998). In dialogue with these scholars the paper develops a praxis approach to mission as transformative encounters, which holds together seven dimensions of mission in creative tension.
Author C.J.P. NiemandtSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 60 –81 (2011)More Less
An innovative and participatory teaching method using interactive digital media and "blogging" was used to teach and discuss David Bosch's Transforming mission. The teaching method is described, as along with a brief summary of ten of Bosch's elements of an emerging ecumenical paradigm. From these discussions, it became clear that Transforming mission found fertile ground in the hearts and minds of a digitally literate, innovative generation of emerging theologians. The end result of these public digital discussions provides a window into the way emerging missiologists reinterpret Transforming mission twenty years after its first publication. A brief summary of interesting points of discussion and reinterpretations of Bosch's description of "mission as ..." introduces the reader to a community of trustworthy interpreters who have taken the first small steps towards Transforming mission through blogging.
Author Ernst M. ConradieSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 82 –98 (2011)More Less
This contribution engages in a conversation with David Bosch's understanding of a "comprehensive" notion of salvation as lying at the heart of a multidimensional notion of mission. Bosch affirmed notions of salvation as development, education, liberation, and reconciliation and in his typical manner searched for creative tensions in this regard. However, it may be observed that "reconciliation" (Belhar), "liberation" (Kairos) and "reconstruction and development" (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) each represents rival soteriological and missiological approaches in post-apartheid South Africa. With the help of Gustaf Aulén's famous typology in Christus victor, possibilities for recognising the strengths and limitations of each of these motifs are indicated.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 99 –113 (2011)More Less
David J Bosch lived and studied in Europe. His dissertation was first published in German. One would expect European and German missiologists would have taken Bosch's major publications in consideration. But the opposite seems the case. Bosch's Transforming mission, for instance, is still not published in German and his theology is seldom reflected in German missiological discussions. This article attempts to understand the difficult relation German missiology has to Bosch.
Author Reggie NelSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 114 –129 (2011)More Less
We do theology of mission today in a new paradigm, especially in the contexts of various African communities struggling with the legacy of colonialism. How are we to understand Bosch's Transforming mission as a paradigm shift in the Theology of Mission itself? This contribution appreciates the text in terms of the intellectual context of the author yet I propose that, complementary to this, there is a need also to introduce a different trajectory towards a transforming missiology in Africa. The implications of this in terms of transforming missiology are proposed tentatively.
Author Johann MeylahnSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 130 –151 (2011)More Less
It is twenty years since the publication of David Bosch's Transforming mission (1991). The question that inevitably comes to mind is: has the mission (identity and relevance) of the South African mainline churches embraced the paradigm shift and transformed to become a transforming agent within South African society or have cosmetic changes dominated the need to change?
This article will focus on what the paradigm shift means in theology today and how this relates to and translates into God's transformational passion, of which the church is called to be an agent. The article will investigate the possibilities of embracing a paradigm shift and in doing so rediscovering the local church as an agent of communal transformation within God's mission.
Author Cobus Van WyngaardSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 151 –167 (2011)More Less
The article is a response to a recent claim by William Storrar that Bosch's paradigm of mission can be named a public paradigm of mission, and that the creative tension between the elements of Bosch's emerging paradigm of mission might cease to exist in the work of public theology. The development of Bosch's ecclesiology in relation to the notion of the alternative community is examined, and it is argued that this serves as a reminder that, in the work of Bosch, the church should also remain in tension with the public sphere as associated with a particular kind of democracy. While public theology and the creation of an inclusive public sphere are not rejected, within Bosch's ecclesiology the critical distinctiveness of the Christian community continues to be important.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 39, pp 167 –187 (2011)More Less
This article first surveys how David Bosch describes the involvement of early Christian congregations in the spread of the Gospel in his chapter on Paul's mission in Transforming Mission. This is followed by a survey of Paul's expectation of different kinds of support from local congregations for his own missionary endeavour (including prayer and the provision of funds and co-workers). A further section examines Paul's expectations regarding active congregational involvement in evangelism (including exemplary conduct, charitable behaviour toward all people and active verbal evangelism). The author argues that Bosch's description of Paul's mission paradigm might be supplemented: the church is missionary by its very nature and by its various activities in supporting Paul's mission and its own involvement in evangelism. The article closes with implications of the Pauline portrayal for the mission of the church today.