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Theological poverty of churches in the developing world: Its causes and effects

Jae-Buhm Hwang
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a833 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.833 | © 2011 Jae-Buhm Hwang | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Jae-Buhm Hwang, Keimyung University, Korea, Republic of


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Abstract

By and large, the non Protestant churches from the developing world rarely have a creative theology that is unique to their own cultures and religiosity. It was my hypothesis that the theological barrenness of churches from the developing world is partly as a result of the antiintellectualist legacy of the past missions from the developed world. This legacy was fostered by the strong paternalism of these past missions on the one hand and on the other, by their revivalist conversionism. The anti-intellectual legacy has brought two notable results to the missionised churches from the developing world: their profound dependency on theologies from the developed world and their resulting theological poverty, both interdependent elements.

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mission theology; paternalism; anti-intellectualism; conversionism

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