Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Theology and development: Taking personal responsibility for community development

John S. Klaasen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 2 | a5500 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i2.5500 | © 2019 John S. Klaasen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 April 2019 | Published: 12 December 2019

About the author(s)

John S. Klaasen, Department of Religion and Theology, Faculty of Arts, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa


This article is part of an international research group, CODE, to address the inadequacies of the dominant community development theories and models. This is an attempt to deal with personal responsibility for development from a theological perspective. The limitations of the modernisation theory and secular theories such as Sen’s expansion of choices are pointed out as hegemonic or amorphous. Personhood as the root of personal responsibility forms the point of convergence for perceived opposites such as being and doing, individual and community, and receiver and giver. Important themes such as reciprocity, perichoresis, creation and vocation as found in relational theology form the basis of a contribution by theology to community development.


Community development; Perichoresis; Personhood; Creation; Theology; Relational responsibility


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