n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Missiology and soteriology : the power and limits of a multidimensional approach

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



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 , possibilities for recognising the strengths and limitations of each of these motifs are indicated.

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