Original Research - Special Collection: Theology disrupted - doing theology with children in African contexts

Rethinking sin and evil through the life of a child sex slave

Chris Jones
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3522 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3522 | © 2016 Chris Jones | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 June 2016 | Published: 28 September 2016

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Chris Jones, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa


This article rethinks (original) sin and evil through the life of a child called Engela who has been ‘sold’ into sex slavery. Focus is placed on the high value with which children should be regarded, especially children who have been sold as sex slaves. During this argument the emphasis is placed on ecclesiastical evolutionary perspectives on creation as well as relevantand contemporary understandings of sin and evil, and related to this, the devil and hell. Towards the end of the article theological consideration is given to fatherlessness, because Engela’s father was often absent in her life. According to literature, Jesus in all probability grew up without a father too. It seems as if Joseph played a minimal role in his life and education, whilst Jesus’ own experience of rejection laid the foundation for his compassion with the socially rejected, particularly children. Fatherlessness from a black African liberation perspective is also contextualised and applied.


Rethinking (original) sin/evil; child sex slave; life story research; high value of childhood; baptism; evolutionary creation; devil; hell; fatherlessness


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