n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Alternative community and antibody : a dimension of David Bosch as public theologian




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.


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