Original Research - Special Collection: Yolanda Dreyer Festschrift

Conformity visa-vi transformational conversion in mission: Towards a self-transcendental mission agenda

Selaelo T. Kgatla
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a3867 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.3867 | © 2017 Selaelo T. Kgatla | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 September 2016 | Published: 04 September 2017


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Abstract

In this article, the author discusses the concept of conversion as opposed to conformity to  a  religious tradition without internal self-assertiveness. A transcendental mission understanding as opposed to an immanent agenda for liberation is proposed as an alternative solution. He analyses the role played and the contributions made by missionary enterprise and the liberation theologies in South Africa as they shaped the path for liberation. The white churches and state theologies sought to produce black conformists to the system; liberation theologies resisted the conformity mentality and fought for an egalitarian and free society. Both movements failed to embrace a transcendental methodology that would go beyond the secular boundaries and bring about transformational and empowering spirituality. This article suggests new spirituality for life and affirmation that would work against self-hate among the previously oppressed and self-guilt among the previously oppressing ruling class. It seeks ways to heal broken relationships through authentic empowerment and transformation.

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