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Volume 40, Issue 3, 2012
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40 (2012)More Less
Before 1994, Black Liberation Theology saw it as its mission to be the voice of the voiceless in South Africa. This has always been a missiological discourse. Post-1994, or eighteen years into democracy, voice and voicelessness continue to be pertinent in missiological discourse. It is for this reason that missiological issues continue to shape society and reposition the voice of the voiceless not only in South Africa, but also on the continent and in the diaspora.
The voicelessness of theology and religious studies in contemporary Africa : who is to blame and what has to be done? Setting a new agendaAuthor James N. AmanzeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 189 –204 (2012)More Less
This paper examines the voicelessness of theology and religious studies in post-independence Africa. It investigates the possible factors that have led to this phenomenon and explores ways and means whereby theology and religious studies can once again regain their rightful position not only in the academia, but also in society as a whole. It argues that unless theologians and religious educators make a radical U-turn to transform theology and religious studies into something meaningful and attractive, these two subjects will continue to be relegated to a second-class category of academic disciplines with disastrous consequences for theological and religious educators, as well as theological institutions.
Without a voice, with a violated body : re-reading Judges 19 to challenge gender violence in sacred textsSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 205 –216 (2012)More Less
Although they are a majority of the South African population, African women in South Africa remain on the periphery of the margins of our communities. They are women who, although are a majority, mostly remain without a voice. Does it occasion any surprise then that they continue to be the face of violence in our contexts? It is a fact that the present South African landscape is characterised by, among other social evils, the violent acts perpetrated against women and children. That South Africa ranks among the leading countries in the world with appalling statistics on violence against women is well known. Such violence against a section of the South African population is entrenched by, among others, pronounced patriarchies, female voicelessness, dangerous masculinities and violent biblical hermeneutics. The latter hermeneutics is buttressed by some violent sacred texts interpreted in our predominantly patriarchal contexts. The present article seeks, among others, to bring a voice to the muted voice of the pilegesh in the text of Judges 19 by challenging gender-based violence both in the biblical text and in the African-South African context.
Author Matsobane J. ManalaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 217 –232 (2012)More Less
This article highlights the value of Christian worship in the lives of Christians. It argues that worship should sensitise Christians towards justice and the practice thereof and it highlights my personal observations of the religious actions of some churches, contrasting their lack of concern for justice with God's positive concern for justice. The article defines Christian worship and explores - and establishes as indissoluble - the relationship between Christian worship and justice. The article also explores the meaning of the concept of "justice" and concludes that the link between worship of God and acts of justice is similarly indissoluble. Expanding on this link, and exploring the relationship between Christian worship and justice, the article further establishes that the practice of justice is a constituent part of authentic Christian worship. The implications of justice-focused Christian worship are found to be quite meaningful: helping church members to accept and respect the humanity of all people, especially the weak, the vulnerable and the voiceless; changing situations of dire need; bringing about serious and genuine transformation in the lives of both the rich and the poor; and affirming the value of active Christian presence, community and vocation. In conclusion, I recommend that the faith community actively identify with the poor, with those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, with foreigners and with other marginalised people, and that they do so in prophetic, priestly and kingly presence.
Author J.N.J. (Klippies) KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 233 –250 (2012)More Less
This opening paper of the Voicelessness conference in October 2011 gives an introduction to the theme. After tracing the semantic fields in which "voicelessness" is used, the paper develops a "phenomenology" of the concept. Seven types of voicelessness are identified and applied to theological voicelessness. The periodisation implied in "the new millennium" is also explored, before reflecting on the theological method needed to face these challenges. The paper concludes by proposing five ways of overcoming theological voicelessness. These involve developing new strategies in relation to identity, research, politics, the academy, and worship.
Author Stephan De BeerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 251 –277 (2012)More Less
This article proposes the city as an opportunity and resource for liberating theological education. It explores going beyond adding "urban" to theological education as an addendum, but rather to consider "urbanizing" theological education as a whole, in an inclusive way that affirms the interconnectedness of urban-suburban-rural realities. It explores theological education that takes the whole of the urban and global reality, and its implications for local communities and people, seriously as its locus for theological reflection and action. It draws from the person and praxis of Klippies Kritzinger as a metaphor for a spirituality of theological education that is open to the potential liberating effects of the city.
The stony road we tread : the challenges and contributions of Black Liberation Theology in post-apartheid South AfricaAuthor Itumeleng Daniel MothoagaeSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 278 –287 (2012)More Less
The Great Trek of 1838 brought about a belief in the supremacy of the Dutch descendants in South Africa. Their 1948 election victory authenticated for them their interpretation of theology and their historical experiences of God's involvement in their lives. Black Theology challenged the perception of Afrikaner supremacy and their theological hegemony, although Mosala argued against the blindness of black theologians in their criticism of "white theology" because they were actually using the same tools of analysis that whites had traditionally used to justify their case (Mosala and Tlhagale 1986:175-196). Mosala.
This article discusses a paper presented at a conference in Cairo by Takatso Mofokeng on the issue of land, and further outlines the challenges and contributions of Black Theology today.
The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa, R. Elphick : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 288 –289 (2012)More Less
This is an original, substantial and welcome contribution to South African mission history at a time when a more balanced view of the missionary enterprise is sorely needed. For the first time we have a volume which deals with the Protestant mission in its entirety (including the Dutch Reformed Church mission) giving a more comprehensive picture than ever before, encompassing history, theology and culture and embracing both the black and white, and English-speaking and Afrikaner contexts.
Understanding world Christianity: The vision and work of Andrew F Walls, W.R. Burrows, M.R. Gornik & McLean (Eds.) : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 289 –292 (2012)More Less
I was studying divinity at Aberdeen University when Andrew Walls was Head of the Department of Religious Studies. By that time he was persona non grata in Church History having violated the codes of tradition by suggesting that change was an option. As I was preparing for service overseas, I thought I would take his course on 'Missionary and Ecumenical Studies' as an Honours option but was advised against it. What an error of judgment! The only time I experienced Walls first hand was in the Honours Practical Theology class!
Transforming mission: Paradigm shifts in theology of mission. 20th Anniversary edition, D.J. Bosch : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 292 –293 (2012)More Less
'Magisterial' is a word often associated with David Bosch's Transforming mission. It is entirely appropriate since this has become a source of understanding and inspiration to students of missiology for the past twenty years and looks set to maintain that positing into the foreseeable future, notwithstanding the fact that times and contexts have changes considerably since its first publication. All of this despite the notable omission from the original including a significant section on the Old Testament, the role of women and the rise of Charismatic, Pentecostal and African Initiated Churches. A testimony to its global value is indicated by the number of translations which have been made of the text.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 294 –295 (2012)More Less
This book is a reflection on the Barmen Declaration which was a product of the German Confessing movement in the mid 1930s. It provided the fundamentals for theological discussion in contexts where collaboration had become a modus operandi for Christians under the threat of persecution in many contexts. Its origins constitute a response to the pressure from National Socialism to conform to its ideology manifested in devotion to a human person ( other than Jesus of Nazareth) and a culture of a particular Aryan/Nordic race. As with many now historical confessions, this document originated in the context of dissent, in this case a small group from the German Evangelical Church.
Writing religious history: The historiography of Ethiopian Pentecostalism, J. Haustein : book reviewSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 40, pp 295 –296 (2012)More Less
This book appears at a time when there is an increasing interest being shown in the growth and development of the Pentecostal movement in Africa. It focuses on the Ethiopian context where Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity have become prominent features of religious history in an area where traditional Ethiopian orthodoxy has remained aloof from the upsurge of both Islam and alternative forms of Christianity for many centuries. Apart from two early histories, this is the first recent substantial history of Ethiopian Pentecostalism written from a contemporary historical perspective.