The role of Christianity in mending societal fragility and quelling violence in Liberia

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dc.contributor.author Gbote, E.Z.M. (Eric Zakpa Mccarig)
dc.contributor.author Kgatla, S.T. (Selaelo Thias)
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-22T10:30:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-22T10:30:58Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-26
dc.description The article was written by E.G. from his PhD thesis submitted to the University of Pretoria under the supervision of S.T.K. S.T.K. provided missiological guidance to the article. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article has benefited from the research entitled ‘The role of Christianity in post-war Liberia’. It is a study that attempts to examine and investigate how Christian faith and spirituality can play a role in a campaign for social peace, justice, development and unity. This article describes and evaluates a cross section of strategies and policies which theologians can employ to develop and sustain peace and foster reconstruction plans among perpetrators and victims of a brutal civil war. It attempts to answer the following question: what role can Christianity play to effectively lessen the animosity that engendered the years of hostilities in Liberia and facilitate the healing of wounds? INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This article sets forth a debate about the role Christianity ought to play in societal conflict. Christian religion is a prophetic religion by nature and it should serve as a source of peace, reconciliation and healing for human relationships. Examples of what the role of authentic church could be are cited from a Liberian context. It is further argued that all sectors of society, women, men and children may be agents of peace and unity. The article concludes by setting parameters for sustainable peace in Liberia. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ve.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Gbotoe, E. & Kgatla, S.T., 2017, ‘The role of Christianity in mending societal fragility and quelling violence in Liberia’, Verbum et Ecclesia 38(1), a1651. https://DOI.org/ 10.4102/ve.v38i1.1651. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v38i1.1651
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/64055
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Christianity en_ZA
dc.subject Post-war en_ZA
dc.subject Peace en_ZA
dc.subject Liberia en_ZA
dc.subject Societal fragility en_ZA
dc.subject Violence en_ZA
dc.subject Societal conflict en_ZA
dc.title The role of Christianity in mending societal fragility and quelling violence in Liberia en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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