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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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Abstract

CHITANDO, Ezra; TARINGA, Nisbert T.  and  MAPURANGA, Tapiwa P.. Zimbabwean theology and religious studies during the crisis years (2000-2008): a preliminary study. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2014, vol.40, n.1, pp.173-189. ISSN 2412-4265.

One of the dominant accusations against theology and religious studies in Africa is that the discipline tends to be abstract. Critics charge that this discipline hardly addresses the lived realities of the people. Further, they assert that African theology and religious studies do not tackle the pressing issues of the continent; particularly the issue of (mis)govemance. This article, a preliminary analysis, focuses on the contribution of theology and religious studies in Zimbabwe in addressing the Zimbabwean crisis. It outlines the major themes that scholars have addressed. It proceeds to highlight some pertinent issues that must be addressed in order to ensure that theology and religious studies become more attuned to the pressing issues of the day. As research and publication in Zimbabwean theology and religious studies have expanded significantly since 2000, we have sought to highlight trends related to specific themes. A more detailed analysis of the field requires several studies.

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