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Towards Some Foundations of a Systematic Maori Theology

Tate, Henare Arekatera (2010) Towards Some Foundations of a Systematic Maori Theology. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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This thesis is an exercise in foundational theology written by an indigenous Māori theologian of Aotearoa New Zealand. In the first chapter, the writer engages in dialogue with other theologians about the nature of contextual theology, particularly when viewed from an indigenous viewpoint. The writer then seeks to create some systematic foundations based on a series of concepts deeply rooted in Māori culture and history, namely: tapu, mana, pono, tika, aroha, tūranga and kaiwhakakapi tūranga, whakanoa, hohou rongo and te wā. Each concept is linked to form a foundational systematic theology. The writer addresses both kaupapa (principles) and tikanga (process, method) as foundations whereby such a theology can proceed. The writer intends this work to provide a resource for himself and for other indigenous theologians to articulate more specifically theological works that are culturally relevant to Māori, and that contribute to wider theological discussion.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Māori, indigenous theology, contextual theology, theological foundations, New Zealand theology, reconciliation, tapu, mana, tika, pono, aroha, hohou rongo
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 03:10
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/530

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