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The Revelation of God : meditations of the black church in existential times

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dc.contributor.advisor Modise, Leepo Johannes Mdingi, Hlulani Msimelelo 2018-12-10T10:58:42Z 2018-12-10T10:58:42Z 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation Mdingi, Hlulani Msimelelo (2017) The Revelation of God : meditations of the black church in existential times, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 231-239) en
dc.description.abstract Chapter one begins by introducing and orientating the reader to the study and the purpose of the study, namely the revelation of God. It also opens up what is central to the study by a way of a problem statement concerning this revelation of God, the black church and the human condition. The aims of the study and the research methodology are set out. The chapter ends with a hypothesis concerning the future doctrine of revelation and the prospects of this revelation in the lives of black people. Chapter two entails discussion on God and the church, as it pertains to revelation, starting with a historical account of Christian theology on the subject of revelation. The subject of revelation is engaged on an existential level, particularly the main areas of Christian theology, namely; special and general revelation. This is a section that puts both concepts within black experience, to see the viability for a black ecclesiology and black theology. Chapter two moves on to contend that for black church, there is a serious theological insurgent that is necessary and it is part and parcel of God’s revelation to blacks and the oppressed. This outlook places a section of critical reasoning in South African context and society concerning God’s revelation. Chapter three engages a philosophical meditation, ascribing meditation as a state of self-reflection for the black church and black theology. This meditation is cognisant of black experience and is self-diagnosis concern God and humanity, particularly the dehumanising, (how it must affirm essence and substance). The meditation of the black church engages the concept of absurdity as Camus (1995) (also see Melancon 1983) has posited the absurd as a malaise in the world and silence of the word to that malaise. The absurd is also linked to theodicy, however, the black experience and the encounter with God transcends absurdity and theodicy. As part of the transcending aspect of the black experience, the research considers Western atheism, Christianity and death of God, whose burial is in the mind, souls and bodies of blacks. The chapter then moves on to discuss the black church as a receptor of God’s revelation, the new image of the crucified and the new metaphysics guaranteeing the upliftment of blacks. Chapter four focuses on the black invisibility and the hiddenness of God, it is seeing invisibility and hiddenness as linked together. The chapter also focuses on the need for black visibility rooted in the ontological and physiological expression and experience of being human; Imago Dei. The chapter links black visibility with the concept of whiteness, being a dehumanising political identity imposed on the people of colour. The chapter then translates into the context of visibility, invisibility and God’s revelation within the economic South African context. The final analysis of the chapter is a confession of God’s revelation rooted in God’s visibility and running parallel to that of black visibility. Chapter five proposes that the black experience and the use of the Bible Sola Sriptura, as it reveals the black church as part of church history. As such, it takes the early church’s reading of the New Testament and understanding of Christology through kenosis; the emptying of God to be human and using that paradigm to link Christ’s human experience and the experience of the dehumanising and humanising that of blacks. The chapter concludes with a Christology and black Messiah, who links the secular and divine, general and special revelation. Chapter six concerns the findings of the study, recommendations and conclusion. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (239 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Revelation en
dc.subject Special revelation en
dc.subject General revelation en
dc.subject Natural theology en
dc.subject Doctrine en
dc.subject Ontology en
dc.subject Existential en
dc.subject Black church en
dc.subject Christology en
dc.subject Cross en
dc.subject Blackness en
dc.subject Whiteness en
dc.subject Colonialism en
dc.subject Christian en
dc.subject Meditation en
dc.subject Metaphysics en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject Invisibility en
dc.subject Visibility en
dc.subject Body en
dc.subject Kenosis en
dc.subject Bible en
dc.subject.ddc 289.930968
dc.subject.lcsh African Independent Church en
dc.subject.lcsh South Africa -- Religious life and customs en
dc.subject.lcsh Revelation -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Black theology en
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- South Africa -- Religion en
dc.subject.lcsh Independent churches -- South Africa -- History -- 20th century en
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and culture -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Natural theology en
dc.title The Revelation of God : meditations of the black church in existential times en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology en D. Th. (Systematic Theology) en

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