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Contextualising Theology in the South Pacific With Lessons Learned from The “Gospel and Culture in Vanuatu" Project

Prior, Randall (2016) Contextualising Theology in the South Pacific With Lessons Learned from The “Gospel and Culture in Vanuatu" Project. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This thesis traces the way the global movement of the contextualisation of theology has impacted upon the shape of theology in the context of the South Pacific. It establishes that, while there has been significant progress in the contextualising of the content of theology, the methodology of theology has been given inadequate attention.

A contextual methodology must acknowledge three key factors which arise from the distinctive cultural context of the South Pacific and which contrast with the embedded western theological heritage: (i) South Pacific cultures are oral-based and not literacy-based; (ii) they operate with Melanesian and not Enlightenment categories; (iii) the separation of the theological task from the life of local church communities is a cultural anomaly.

These factors then form the basis for a critique of the “Gospel and Culture in Vanuatu” project which constitutes an experiment in a genuine contextualisation of theology.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: South Pacific, Melanesia, Vanuatu, Gospel and Culture, Contextualisation, Contextual Theology, Contextual Theological Methodology, Oral-based Cultures, Missiology, Intercultural Studies
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 02:53
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2163

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