African Theology as Liberating Wisdom: Celebrating Life and Harmony in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana (Studies in Systematic Theology v.1

African Theology as Liberating Wisdom: Celebrating Life and Harmony in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana (Studies in Systematic Theology v.1

By: Mari-Anna Pontinen (author)Paperback

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In African Theology as Liberating Wisdom; Celebrating Life and Harmony in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana, Mari-Anna Pontinen analyses contextual interpretations of the Christian faith in this particular church. These interpretations are based on the special wisdom tradition which embraces monistic ontology, communal ethics in botho, and the indigenous belief in God as the Source of Life, and the Root of everything that exists. The constructing theological principle in the ELCB is the downward-orientated and descending God in Christ which interprets the 'Lutheran spirit' in a liberating and empowering sense. It deals with the cultural mythos which brings Christ down into people's existence, unlike Western connotations which are considered to hinder seeing Christ and to prevent existential self-awareness.

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Mari-Anna Pontinen, Ph.D. (2011), University of Eastern Finland, is head of mission and development studies in the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission. She has edited several books and articles on contextual theology, postcolonial mission, and African theology and thought.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ... ix ABBREVIATIONS ... xiii 1. INTRODUCTION ... 1 1.1. Challenges of African theology and the context of the ELCB ... 1 1.2. Aim of the study, its methods and previous research ... 15 1.3. Sources and structure of the study ... 25 2. AFRICAN THEOLOGY AND THE HERITAGE OF WISDOM ... 35 2.1. African theology ... 35 2.1.1. Characterising 'African' theology ... 35 2.1.2. From Africanising theology into African theology ... 47 2.2. African oral wisdom as philosophical and religious inquiry ... 64 3. EPISTEMOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF THEOLOGICAL THINKING IN THE ELCB ... 87 3.1. Theology as liberating wisdom ... 87 3.1.1. Interplay of faith and understanding ... 87 3.1.2. Relationship to contextual theories ... 105 3.2. Principle of contextual theology and the Lutheran spirit ... 125 4. CULTURE PHILOSOPHICAL EMPHASES OF THEOLOGICAL THINKING IN THE ELCB ... 153 4.1. Holistic perception of life and the ontology of spiritual monism ... 153 4.2. The Tswana humanity principle ... 176 4.2.1. Communal human existence ... 176 4.2.2. Botho as an ethical principle ... 198 5. RELIGIOUS IMPLICATIONS AND THEOLOGY OF SPIRITUALITY IN THE ELCB ... 219 5.1. Theology of relationship and African spirituality ... 219 5.2. Modimo, the Source of Life and the Father and Mother of the universe ... 238 5.3. The Life principle in the context of Tswana thought ... 262 5.3.1. Celebration of Life ... 262 5.3.2. Harmony as a state of mind and being ... 278 5.4. Participation in Life through Christ ... 287 5.4.1. Christ, the Saviour, the Liberator and the great Ngaka of the sinners ... 287 5.4.2. Possessed by Christ ... 302 5.4.3. Christ as the Mediator and the role of badimo as saints ... 310 5.5. Separation from the traditional explanatory theory ... 324 5.6. Community of God and the prophetic mission of the Church ... 337 6. CONCLUSIONS ... 363 APPENDIX: Interviewees ... 385 BIBLIOGRAPHY ... 389 Sources ... 389 Unpublished sources ... 389 Published sources ... 390 Interviews ... 391 Literature ... 391 INDEX ... 415

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  • publication date: 14/02/2013
  • ISBN13: 9789004245952
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9789004245952
  • weight: 1760
  • ISBN10: 9004245952

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