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Doing Christian education at the edges in South Africa : a review of the work of Bongani Mazibuko as a Christian educator and missiologist

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dc.contributor.author Kumalo, Simangaliso R.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-14T10:28:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-14T10:28:52Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Khumalo SR 2005,'Doing Christian education at the edges in South Africa : a review of the work of Bongani Mazibuko as a Christian educator and missiologist Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXI, no. 2, pp. 105-127. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4366
dc.description Peer reviewed en
dc.description.abstract Bongani Alison Mazibuko (1932-1997) left an infamous though very significant legacy to Christian education in South Africa.1 He was the first black person to be awarded a PhD in missiology and one of the earliest black theologians to be appointed at the University of South Africa (Unisa) as a lecturer in the Department of Missiology (Saayman 1997: 253). Mazibuko was also the founder of the Umlazi Theological Training Project (UTTP), through which he taught Christian education and missiology to township church leaders (both clergy and lay). He argued that Christian education must adapt to the African context. He also argued that the pastor’s role is to enable or facilitate ministry in the local church by empowering the laity through education. He made a significant contribution to the relationship between mission education and liberation. Although he appreciated the positive contribution of missionary education to African people, he was highly critical of its tendency to disregard African culture and experience. Although a call to do theology from an African perspective had been sounded by a number of theologians, no one had specifically tried to contextualise Christian education in the African context. He also warned against a Christian S R Kumalo education that, in fact, aims at domestication, and called for an approach that brings about liberation and transformation. In this respect, Mazibuko was a pioneer who sought to put the discipline of Christian education on the agenda of the Christian church as it sought ways of doing mission in a democratic country. This study seeks to examine his contribution to Christian education and missiology in an African context. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.subject Christian education
dc.subject Christian educator
dc.subject missiologist
dc.title Doing Christian education at the edges in South Africa : a review of the work of Bongani Mazibuko as a Christian educator and missiologist en
dc.type Article en


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