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African renaissance and missiology : perspective from mission praxis

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dc.contributor.advisor Saayman W. Banda, Zuze Johannes 2011-04-18T10:02:45Z 2011-04-18T10:02:45Z 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation Banda, Zuze Johannes (2010) African renaissance and missiology : perspective from mission praxis, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an endeavour to participate in the call for the African Renaissance from a missiological perspective. The study observes how the debate about this African ‗dream‘ persists in the domain of intellectuals and political leaders. It recognises as timely the opportunity to contribute theologically to the development of the renaissance concept. It also observes that ordinary people have jumped onto the African Renaissance bandwagon albeit for reasons that are mainly sentimental. Hence a two-fold appeal to protagonists of the African Renaissance movement: firstly, to be inclusive of all stakeholders especially ordinary people who should be both participants and co-beneficiaries; secondly, to consider spirituality as an indispensable factor in birthing this African ‗dream‘. To help arrive at a well-considered argument the study discusses a brief history of Africa‘s economic, social and political development. Central to this history is how the human factor, actively or inadvertently, and the natural factors have devastated the continent thus necessitating a rebirth. The study notes how especially the political economy and issues of good governance of African states are key concerns to the protagonists of the renaissance movement. It also notes the establishment of structures and policies in addressing these concerns. These interventions are hoped to improve the continent‘s image towards its global counterparts and to lift the hopes of distraught African peoples. The prospect of their success in terms of probabilities and/or perceptions is discussed and Missiologically critiqued. An overview of these endeavours has led to the observation of a lingering chasm of the absence or the apparent sidelining of African spirituality as a necessary component of the African Renaissance discourse. As a major thrust of this thesis the spiritual notion of ‗rebirth‘ is advanced. The basis for this argument lies in the ‗rebirth‘ concept that is inherent in many religions, faith formations and philosophies akin to African spirituality. It is on this understanding that a Missiological dimension is build. In introducing this spiritual dimension towards an African Renaissance a Missiological methodology of a seven pointed praxis cycle is proposed and unpacked. In deconstructing this methodology real models are presented as examples to illustrate Missiology‘s contextual life-long learning philosophy. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (210 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject African Renaissance en
dc.subject Political economy en
dc.subject Colonialism en
dc.subject Contextual Missiology en
dc.subject Praxis cycle en
dc.subject Theological interpretation en
dc.subject Ecclesial scrutiny en
dc.subject Strategic planning en
dc.subject Rebirth
dc.subject African identity
dc.subject Agency
dc.subject Spirituality
dc.subject Contextual understanding
dc.subject Reflexivity.
dc.subject.ddc 266.009
dc.subject.lcsh Missions -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Missions -- Political aspects
dc.title African renaissance and missiology : perspective from mission praxis en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality Church History and Missiology D. Th. (Missiology)

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