oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Mission, future and structures

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Theology has assimilated the term 'structures' in its sociological sense. According to one school of thought structures are stable relationships which fulfil a certain function in a given society. Polygamy is an example of such a structure. We can then speak of economic, political and social structures. The term 'structures' is, however, not restricted to its sociological use. Today we realise that social structures are correlated, but not identical with certain mental structures'. These are current beliefs, values, norms, attitudes, accepted patterns of behaviour, certain ways of argumentation etc.

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