The South African Pentecostal ostrich of corruption

Theologia Viatorum

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Title The South African Pentecostal ostrich of corruption
Creator Nel, Marius
Subject Theology; Pentecostal theology separation; corruption; prophetic politics; community development; Pentecostal; hermeneutics
Description Corruption and corrupt practices in the public and private sector have become endemic to South African society, requiring the cooperation and participation of all citizens to uproot its evils. Classical Pentecostals are historically notoriously absent in confronting societal issues, and they represent as much as a third of the South African population. As a primitivist-restorationist movement, early Pentecostals followed the early Christian church in differentiating themselves from its social, cultural and political Umwelt, acting like the proverbial ostrich that hides its head in the sand to ignore any threat of danger. Why should and how can Pentecostals be involved in confronting corruption? It is argued that Pentecostals should reconsider their widespread lack of involvement in societal issues for historical, hermeneutical and evangelical reasons. By way of a comparative literature analysis, these reasons are discussed, and then, the principles of prophetic politics are developed in broad lines to make some suggestions for their application in South African society.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor None
Date 2020-08-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Comparative literature research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v44i1.69
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 44, No 1 (2020); 10 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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