Theology disrupted : doing theology with children in African contexts

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dc.contributor.author Mahlangu, Elijah
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-19T07:51:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-19T07:51:48Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-01
dc.description This article emanates from a consultation on ‘Child Theology’ in August 2015, co-hosted by the Centre of Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The thrust of this article is an attempt to respond to the question whether we can read and interpret the bible in Africa from the child theology vantage point. The author’s answer is in the affirmative in two ways: Firstly, it is that the majority of children in Africa are facing abuses of unprecedented proportions. Historically and traditionally, African scholars always read and interpreted the bible with African lenses. The African bible critic and exegete should be part of the church, the body of Christ which ought to be a lotus of healing. Theologising in the context of the crisis of the ‘child’ in Africa is fairly a new development and needs to be aggressively pursued. The second aspect of this author’s response is that when Christianity entered the Graeco-Roman as well the Jewish milieu, it used the family symbolism such as father, brothers, love, house of God, children of God, and so on. The New Testament authors therefore used family as reality and metaphor to proclaim the gospel. The African theologian, critic and exegete, is therefore in this article challenged to make a significant contribution using the African context in that, ‘… the African concept of child, family and community appears to be closer to ecclesiology than the Western concepts’. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Contextual Ministry en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mahlangu, E., 2016, ‘Theology disrupted: Doing theology with children in African contexts’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 72(1), a3513. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i1.3513. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i1.3513
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60565
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Child theology en_ZA
dc.subject Children in Africa en_ZA
dc.subject African bible critic and exegete en_ZA
dc.subject Family symbolism en_ZA
dc.subject African context en_ZA
dc.title Theology disrupted : doing theology with children in African contexts en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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