There is no doubt that one burning issue in contemporary theology is the problem of developing a relevant theological hermeneutic. Today when we talk about contextualisation we are actually wrestling with the problem of hermeneutics - one which takes our historical context very seriously. There are many types of contextual theologies, e.g. Liberation Theology, African/Black Theology, Red Theology, which are all attempts to formulate a relevant theological hermeneutic.
Dr Goba concluded his paper by stating clearly that the Church is the new ""people of God"". This image of the Church is very important and must be taken into account in 'Black' ecclesiology if it is to qualify as and be regarded as ecclesiology. The implication of this is that the Church does not belong to any nation, race, tribe or society. It means rather that the Church, as the new people of God, is drawn from among the nations out of all those who have faith in Christ. However, Goba has pointed out a number of elements which influence Christian communities in their view of and ideas about the Church.
True to its wish to remain faithful to the claim that South Africa is a ""Christian country"" and therefore that its view of ""man"" should be Christian, White theology on the theoretical level consciously aims at presenting a consistent biblical anthropology. On this theoretical level, there are a lot of positive affirmations about the human self that even those who are not White by orientation can applaud and embrace.
In Dr. Maimela's paper there is a strong emphasis on the supposed harmful effect of the ""Pauline"" view of man. When I read his evaluation of Paul's anthropology I thought, ""Poor, persecuted Paul! In his own time he was persecuted from city to city by his own people, because he thought so highly of God's renewing power that he believed it extended even to the Gentiles. In recent times Paul the Jewish patriot has been accused of being the first anti-Semite. And now he has taken over from Dr. Eiselen the role of founder of apartheid!""