n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Faith and secularism in the context of developing countries : a pastoral response

Volume 40, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



It is said that rapid economic growth promotes secularisation. South Africa recently joined the BRIC group of developing countries and signs are emerging of rapid economic growth in Africa. The article examines this new context to propose pastoral responses in theology and ministries. An examination of the Christian response to industrialisation leads to key themes of Catholic social teaching, Catholic Action movements and Christian schools. Based on these, examples of possible faith responses to secularism within new emerging economies are proposed. They include building on the Christian development history in Africa, promoting ethical leadership using the example of our religious formation programmes and utilising Christian tertiary education institutions in Africa in promoting faith-based development solutions.

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