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What hope is there for South Africa? : a public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the future

dc.contributor.authorForster, Dion Angusen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-22T13:53:20Z
dc.date.available2015-10-22T13:53:20Z
dc.date.issued2015-04
dc.identifier.citationForster, D. A. 2015. What hope is there for South Africa? : a public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the future. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 71(1): #Art. 2814, 13 pages, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i3.2814.en_ZA
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/hts.v71i3.2814.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97587
dc.descriptionCITATION: Forster, D. A. 2015. What hope is there for South Africa? : a public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the future. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 71(1): #Art. 2814, 13 pages, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i3.2814.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/4102/2814en_ZA
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.
dc.description.abstractWhat hope is there for South Africa? What role can the church play as a bearer of hope in South Africa? This article seeks to address these important questions. Firstly, it problematises the contemporary notion of hope in South Africa by showing that it is a complex theological and social concept. Next, a nuanced understanding of hope is presented by adopting a public theological methodology that brings dominant theological perspectives on eschatological hope into dialogue with the most recent statistics about the quality of life in South Africa from 1994, 2004 and 2014. The article proposes that the complexity of Christian hope necessitates an understanding of the present reality that is held in dynamic tension with the desired future – namely a present-futurist eschatology. Finally the article shows that from this vantage point the church, in its various forms and understandings, is able to be a bearer of Christian hope that can contribute towards shaping a better future for South Africa.
dc.format.extent13 pages
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectChurchen_ZA
dc.subjectTheology -- Methodologyen_ZA
dc.subjectHope -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectEschatologyen_ZA
dc.titleWhat hope is there for South Africa? : a public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the futureen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
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