Mupasi as cosmic s(S)pirit : the universe as a community of life

Show simple item record Nalwamba, Kuzipa M.B. 2017-10-30T09:07:48Z 2017-10-30T09:07:48Z 2017-08-23
dc.description Dr Nalwamba is participating in the research project, ‘Theology of Nature’, directed by Prof. Dr Johan Buitendag, Department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description This article is a reworked version of aspects from the PhD thesis of Kuzipa M.B. Nalwamba, titled ‘Vital Force as a Triangulated Concept of Nature and s(S)pirit’, in the Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria with Prof Johan Buitendag as supervisor. ( en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Mupasi recalls the belief that humans form part of the community of life within the realm of the cosmic spirit. The assertion seems like a truism that requires no further enunciation. However, belief in the Creator-Spirit, a pneuma-theological understanding of creation, is relatively young in the Christian tradition. In Colossians 1:15-20, Christ is presented as instrumental to creation. Christian tradition therefore tends to present creation in Christological terms. The foundational belief in Spirit-Creator-God has not historically undergirded Christian belief about creation. The Christian faith could therefore benefit from ‘companion’ views of creation in terms of the cosmic spirit. Mupasi is understood as cosmic spirit, the axis of the universe apprehended as an organic whole. The web of life was brought into being, is sustained by, and inhabited by Mupasi. This retrieval has continuities and discontinuities with Christian belief as Spirit-Creator-God. It is presented here as a notion that calls the Christian faith back to its originating intuitions about creation. Mupasi is appropriated within a pneuma-theological framework that addressed a pressing issue of our time, the global ecological crisis. Mupasi presents an ecological critique that is meaningful for a renewed appreciation of community beyond an anthropocentric focus. The cosmic relatedness brings a renewed vision of the universe as a cosmic community of the s(S)pirit. The cultural and intellectual milieu of Mupasi is undergirded by a relational conception of reality. It provides a critical lens with implications for ecclesiology that challenges the church’s self-understanding and ways of being. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Nalwamba, K.M.B., 2017, ‘Mupasi as cosmic s(S)pirit: The universe as a community of life’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73(3), a4624. https://DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4624. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4624
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Mupasi en_ZA
dc.subject Spirit-Creator-God en_ZA
dc.subject S(S)pirit en_ZA
dc.subject Relational en_ZA
dc.subject Pneuma-theology en_ZA
dc.subject Ecological crisis en_ZA
dc.subject Creation en_ZA
dc.subject Cosmic Spirit en_ZA
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dc.subject.other SDG-13: Climate action
dc.subject.other Theology articles SDG-15
dc.subject.other SDG-15: Life on land
dc.title Mupasi as cosmic s(S)pirit : the universe as a community of life en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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