Towards an understanding of the implication and challenge of the emerging church movement for ecclesiology in post-colonial Africa : an evangelical perspective

Odejayi, Abiodun Oladipupo (2012-03)

Thesis (MTh)--Stellenbosch University, 2012.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this thesis, we seek to highlight the possible implications, challenges and opportunities postmodernism has for evangelical ecclesiology. Informed by the ongoing conversation between the emerging church movement and mainstream evangelicals, we seek to determine how we account for our being and becoming the ecclesial people of God in Christ by the Spirit in the light of emerging postmodern realities. Taking postmodernism as an ally of post-colonialism and seeing negritude as its antecedent, we also seek to highlight the implications and opportunities these paradigms may have for our understanding of evangelical ecclesiology in our post-colonial, multi-ethnic African contexts. Perhaps these paradigms may enable a nuanced understanding of the theological motifs that inform our understanding of being the ecclesial community of God and enable an innovative space for articulating Afro-centric evangelical ecclesial expressions that are biblically faithful, theologically coherent, contextually relevant and socio-economically informed.


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