An apocalyptic agenda for mission in our time

Show simple item record Meiring, Arnold M. 2021-10-06T06:09:11Z 2021-10-06T06:09:11Z 2020-12-17
dc.description.abstract Addressing the interest in missional theology and responding to the recent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, this research developed an apocalyptic missional theology for our time. Whilst the Second World War inspired an exploration of the eschatological dimensions of mission, it was argued that apocalyptic theology adds a much needed perspective on mission. In addition to replying to the pandemic, apocalyptic missiology proved to be well suited to speak about the challenges for the Church in South Africa, and introduces African modes of thinking to missiology. This study comprised a qualitative literature research method that traced the history of eschatology and apocalyptic in missional thinking (summarised apocalyptic theology), demonstrated that apocalyptic theology contributes to current missiology, and finally developed an apocalyptic agenda for the mission. The research found that apocalyptic offers new ways of speaking about God that challenges contemporary powers and power structures, and presents prophetic and ethical ways for the church to participate in the Missio Dei. Apocalyptic extends a more universal future that includes all peoples and creation, and it provides believers with a new identity and comfort in our time. In conclusion, apocalyptic theology was found to enrich missional thinking, contributing hope and joy to the Christian message. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This article suggested that apocalyptic theology adds new dimensions to missional theology, enriching the traditional discourse. It used the insights of biblical and religious studies, and applied it to missiology, as well as to systematic and practical theology. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Meiring, A.M., 2020, ‘An apocalyptic agenda for mission in our time’, Verbum et Ecclesia 41(1), a2144. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 0.4102/ve.v41i1.2144
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Apocalyptic en_ZA
dc.subject Eschatology en_ZA
dc.subject Hope en_ZA
dc.subject Mission en_ZA
dc.subject Revelation en_ZA
dc.subject Comfort en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Ethics en_ZA
dc.title An apocalyptic agenda for mission in our time en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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