African Theology As Liberating Wisdom : Celebrating Life and Harmony in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana.

In African Theology as Liberating Wisdom; Celebrating Life and Harmony in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana, Mari-Anna Pöntinen analyses contextual interpretations of the Christian faith in this church. These interpretations draw from the Tswana tradition and liberation in Christ.

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Main Author: Pöntinen, Mari-Anna.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Leiden : BRILL, 2013.
Edition:1st ed.
Series:Studies in Systematic Theology Ser.
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Table of Contents:
  • Intro
  • African Theology as Liberating Wisdom
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1. Challenges of African Theology and the Context of the ELCB
  • 1.2. Aim of the Study, its Methods and Previous Research
  • 1.3. Sources and Structure of the Study
  • 2. African Theology and The Heritage of Wisdom
  • 2.1. African Theology
  • 2.1.1. Characterising 'African' Theology
  • 2.1.2. From Africanising Theology into African Theology
  • 2.2. African Oral Wisdom as Philosophical and Religious Inquiry
  • 3. Epistemological Principles of Theological Thinking in the ELCB
  • 3.1. Theology as Liberating Wisdom
  • 3.1.1. Interplay of Faith and Understanding
  • 3.1.2. Relationship to Contextual Theories
  • 3.2. Principle of Contextual Theology and the Lutheran Spirit
  • 4. Culture Philosophical Emphases of Theological Thinking in the ELCB
  • 4.1. Holistic Perception of Life and the Ontology of Spiritual Monism
  • 4.2. The Tswana Humanity Principle
  • 4.2.1. Communal Human Existence
  • 4.2.2. Botho as an Ethical Principle
  • 5. Religious Implications and Theology of Spirituality in the ELCB
  • 5.1. Theology of Relationship and African Spirituality
  • 5.2. Modimo, the Source of Life and the Father and Mother of the Universe
  • 5.3. The Life Principle and the Tswana Religious Thought
  • 5.3.1. Celebration of Life
  • 5.3.2. Harmony as a State of Mind and Being
  • 5.4. Participation in Life Through Christ
  • 5.4.1. Christ, the Saviour, the Liberator and the Great Ngaka of the Sinners
  • 5.4.2. Possessed by Christ
  • 5.4.3. Christ as the Mediator and the Role of Badimo as Saints
  • 5.5. Separation from the Traditional Explanatory Theory
  • 5.6. Community of God and the Prophetic Mission of the Church
  • 6. Conclusions
  • Appendix: Interviewees
  • Bibliography
  • Sources
  • Unpublished Sources.
  • Published Sources
  • Interviews
  • Literature
  • Index.