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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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MBANJWA, Zaba Gregory. Struggle for justice and fullness of life: Catholic Social Teaching in Genesis and development of South African black theology (with specific reference to Buti Tlhagale and Mandlenkosi Zwane). Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2013, vol.39, n.2, pp. 259-281. ISSN 2412-4265.

Black theology arising in the South African apartheid context as a collective theological, vigorous and subversive reaction to the injustices of a system claiming Christian justification will be presented. Some of the inhuman deprivations imposed on black people, especially the injustice that denied them their human rights; and the restrictions that made the attainment of a fullness of life impossible will be the first focus in this article. Two black theologians, namely the South African, Buti Tlhagale and the Swazi, Mandlenkosi Zwane, discussed these issues in light of the Papal documents which expose the Catholic church's social teaching will be presented. Reaching into the biblical roots of the Christian message, they formulated a theological approach which reflects the South African and Swazi situations at the time. They also attempted to respond to the weighty problems imposed by apartheid and to offer possible solutions according to gospel values.

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