n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The quest for being public church. The South African challenge to the Moravian Church in context (1737-2004), Karel Th. August : book review

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This publication is based on the author's University of Stellenbosch doctoral dissertation. According to the author 'the premise of this book is the conviction that one of the most significant responses to mission today is to see Mission as Transformation.' (p. xxiii) It is his further conviction that a theology shaped by biblical narratives could provide resources to enable people of faith (in this case the Moravians) to regain a public voice in the pluralistic cultural context of South Africa. With that in view the main body of the book forms a diachronic analysis of this phenomenon over three periods in the formation of the Moravian Church in SA (MCSA), namely the missionary era (1737-1960), the autonomous church under apartheid (1960-1994), and the United Moravian Church and its future in a democratic society (1994-). The author undertook a historic-hermeneutical reconstruction of Christian praxis within the Moravian Church through an explorative-descriptive method.

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