African leadership and the kind of reality of the spirit world

Show simple item record Kroesbergen, Hermen 2020-10-12T08:48:35Z 2020-10-12T08:48:35Z 2020-07-30
dc.description This research is part of the project, ‘University, Education and Theology’’, directed by Prof. Dr Johan Buitendag, Department of Historical and Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Leadership in Africa is inextricably connected to the spirit world. Leaders may be chosen through elections or other human processes, but ultimately, they are seen as appointed by God. Leaders may base their decisions upon science or intuition, but ultimately, they let themselves be inspired by revelations from the spiritual realm. Yet, what is meant by the spirit world in this respect? In this article, a new way is explored for investigating what references to the spirit world mean. Instead of discussing which theoretical concept applies to the kind of reality spirits have, or what analogy fits spirits, I demonstrate that we can discover what it means to speak of the spirit world by investigating what we already know about it before theoretical labels and comparisons. Such a Wittgensteinian approach in line with the re-emerging brand of ethnographically informed philosophy of religion enhances our understanding of what kind of reality the spirit world has. If you see leadership as being empowered by the spirit world, this is not a choice, option or interpretation, but you cannot see it any other way. CONTRIBUTION : This article contributes to a better understanding of the kind of reality that the spirit world has, in particular in an African context. The topic of leadership in Africa is used here to illustrate how this kind of reality is often misunderstood. A clear understanding of the kind of reality of the spirit world is indispensable for a proper investigation of Christianity in Africa and religion in general. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship provided by the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship provided by the University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kroesbergen, H., 2020, ‘African leadership and the kind of reality of the spirit world’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 76(2), a5846. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v76i2.5846
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Spirit world en_ZA
dc.subject Ludwig Wittgenstein en_ZA
dc.subject African leadership en_ZA
dc.subject Ethnographically informed philosophy en_ZA
dc.subject Reality en_ZA
dc.subject God
dc.subject Africa
dc.subject Religion
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dc.title African leadership and the kind of reality of the spirit world en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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