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Theological education, considered from South Africa: Current issues for cross-contextual comparison

Christo Lombaard
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a2851 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.2851 | © 2016 Christo Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 2014 | Published: 04 February 2016

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Christo Lombaard, Department of Christian Spirituality, University of South Africa, South Africa


Taking into review the newly published series of substantial multi-authored volumes on ecumenical theological education internationally, this article identifies, from the author’s own experience in ecumenical theological education and from his publications in this field, the central issue of specificity, locality and context in theological education. This takes place within two broadly developing new and relevant trends: post-secularism and inclusive liberalism, briefly described and then related to theological education. In the light of these trends, some questions are asked on theological education, and a plea for greater interdisciplinarity is made. The article thus contains a considerable part of self-reflective material, based on substantial professional experience in theological education, which enables engagement with the new publications and newly developing international contextual features that will shape theological education for the foreseeable future.


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