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Prophetic Theology in Black Theology, with special reference to the Kairos document

Vuyani S. Vellem
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a800 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.800 | © 2010 Vuyani S. Vellem | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 February 2010 | Published: 08 October 2010

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Vuyani S. Vellem, University of Pretoria South African Council of Churches, South Africa


The ‘Protest’ and ‘Confessing’ Models in the streams of Black Theology of liberation provide a creative link between the Prophetic Theology in the Kairos document (KD) and the Black Theology of liberation. Launched in a distinct moment of history – an ‘opportune moment’ – the KD propagated the best responses among some and the worst among others as a rapturous critique of State and Church theologies. In this article, I argued that the KD, which remains a version of liberation theology par excellence, offers a methodology that is still appropriate to our democratisation processes in South Africa. The KD is the product of a theology that did not only expand the contours of traditional theology, but also understood confession as a political praxis. Thus, the interest of the poor should still mitigate forth-telling in our democratic vision in dialogue inspired by the alluring prophetic vision of an alternative community based on the principles of the reign of God.


Confession; crisis; mokhukhu; political praxis; vuvuzela


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