n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The public role of the Christian community in the work of David Bosch

Volume 39, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



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.

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