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Discipleship as transformation? Towards a theology of transformation

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dc.contributor.author Botman HR en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:02:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:02:36Z
dc.date.created 1993 en
dc.date.submitted 1994 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/101681
dc.description.abstract In the quest into the question Discipleship as Transformation? the author begins by pointing out that South African theology is in the thick of a preparadigmatic phase (Kuhn). This movement has all the characteristics of a Damascus experience. Discipleship is by description an enactment of transformation with vast social implications. At the centre of the preparadigmatic phase is the quest for a theology of transformation. To support this argument the author cites several progressive theological traditions in South Africa. The author proposes that South Africa should manage the process of transformation in the preceptoral mode (Marquand) and that theology should play a central role in this endeavour. A person could object that the notion of transformation in the preceptoral mode does not square with present political realities. It assumes that political change that does not tally with beliefs, values and assumpjtions of people will meet with the obstacles of maladustment. The focus should rather be on the motivation and mobilisation of the community for the ethics of responsibility. A theology of transformation takes its point of departure in the belief that people can come to understanding the process of transformation and to insert themselves into situations of transformation. Theology was used in South Africa to legitimise the status quo and to justify resistance to the status quo. It is now the time to go beyond that to a theology of transformation. This will be a theology that becomes a partner to a broader community in the process of transformation in the preceptoral mode. In this way theology will continue to be a theology of liberation (Segundo) for South Africa. A theology of transformation does not make an offer of sheap grace. Instead, it calls us to the journey of discipleship, costly discipleship. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Dogmatology en
dc.title Discipleship as transformation? Towards a theology of transformation en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree DTh en


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