oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Church, mission and development: Revisiting the pragmatic debate

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This paper identifies the historical debate on development projects in the ecumenical movement as the essential starting-point for Christian theology and the churches' ongoing concem with development. Named by Charles Elliot at an early stage as 'The Pragmatic Debate', the paper innovates by distinguishing between a moderate and a radical account of this debate. It is argued that the radical account in particular, problematises a one way, movement in development from the rich and powerful to the poor.

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