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Missionalia

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KLAASEN, John. The interplay between theology and development: How theology can be related to development in post-modern society. Missionalia (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.41, n.2, pp. 182-194. ISSN 2312-878X.

This article attempts to make a contribution to the discourse of missiology by engaging critically with the much debated studies of theology and development. The two widely used definitions of development are analysed to point out commonalities and weaknesses. A theology of relationality is then introduced with reference to the Trinity, relationships and personhood. Some pointers then emerged to form a more integral understanding of development. I then make some connections between human and social development and the Trinity and perichoresis and to point out the missiological and ecclesiological implications for the mission of the church.

Keywords : Mission; ecclesiology; theology; development; relationality; perichoresis.

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