Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Are we wasting theology in our continent?

H. Jurgens Hendriks
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 2 | a2610 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.2610 | © 2014 H. Jurgens Hendriks | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 January 2014 | Published: 10 September 2014

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H. Jurgens Hendriks, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


The 2014 conference theme of the society for Practical Theology in South Africa was ‘Practical Theology in Africa and human waste’. The article asks the question whether we can do theology in Africa in such a way that the kingdom of God is realised, notwithstanding the feeling that the seed that is sown is often wasted. The growth of Christianity and southern shift of the majority of Christians to amongst others Africa, is described, discussed and questioned: Is this seed falling on fertile ground or is it wasted if one considers all the calamities of the African continent? Taking its cues from the parable of the sower the epistemological revolution and paradigm shift are outlined stating that unless doing theology within a new paradigm the kingdom of God cannot be served. It calls for new paradigm labourers who are trained to be on the marketplace, who reach out to where people are suffering and struggling and serve their needs thus following the example set by Christ in training his disciples.


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