Critical Entitlement Theory on post-missionary paternalism in the Church of Christ in Zimbabwe

Theologia Viatorum

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Title Critical Entitlement Theory on post-missionary paternalism in the Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
Creator Masengwe, Gift Dube, Bekithemba
Subject Religion; politics Church of Christ in Zimbabwe; mission stations; Critical Entitlement Theory; critical denominational studies; missionary paternalism; African philosophy.
Description The dynamic of power troubles are the doing and thinking and that knowledge is always contingent, standing above the abyss, as stated by Prof. J. Jansen in 2009. The issue of entitlement affected the Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (COCZ) at the onset of the third millennium. Leadership vacuum at the departure of missionaries led individuals to assume identities and hierarchies believed to have been interwoven into the polity and governing ideology of the COCZ. This connoted towards power, privilege and position for someone to benefit on church investments. The article suggests use of the critical Entitlement Theory (CET) to assess how contemporary situations at mission stations affect local churches and communities. Black elites who took over have created tensions and contradictions in churches by hiring persons who do not question their actions and words and persons who do not have an appreciation of the production and implementation of the church’s governing laws. Critical Entitlement Theory assumes that ‘the privileged ownership and administration theses’ that date back to white privilege in the colonial church created this problem. This ethnographic study discloses how a new interdisciplinary thinking on equity and justice to local Christians can rise to own and manage mission stations in their local congregations.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor nil
Date 2021-06-14
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — theoretical paper
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v45i1.109
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 45, No 1 (2021); 10 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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