Between the Scylla and the Charybdis : theological education in the 21st century in Africa

Show simple item record Buitendag, Johan 2015-05-08T12:49:19Z 2015-05-08T12:49:19Z 2014-10-27
dc.description This article is a reworked version of the keynote address presented by Prof. Dr Johan Buitendag on 08 November 2014 at the 69th Graduation Ceremony of the Trinity Theological Seminary in Legon (Ghana) on invitation of the President of the Seminary, Rev. Prof. J.O.Y. Mante. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The article reflects on the challenges of theological education in the 21st century and in Africa. Reputation, impact, success and funding have become the driving forces of the modern university. However, we are living in the 21st century and in Africa with a subsequent frame of reference that is holistic and faith-based. The article therefore argues for a multi- and transdisciplinary approach towards the nature of a university and recognition of the unique contribution theological education can contribute. Due to the inherently cooperative nature of theological scholarship, theological education could be able to avoid the extremes of the Scylla and the Charybdis, that is, fideism and secularisation, and therefore be able to survive at an academic institution. Both sectarianism and scientism should be avoided. Theological education in Africa needed to travel the same difficult road of theological faculties in Europe in the previous century. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Buitendag, J., 2014, ‘Between the Scylla and the Charybdis: Theological education in the 21st century in Africa’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2855, 5 pages. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2855
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Theological education en_ZA
dc.subject 21st Century en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Church en_ZA
dc.subject University en_ZA
dc.title Between the Scylla and the Charybdis : theological education in the 21st century in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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