Urban Public Theology in South Africa

This special edition was sub-edited by Stephan de Beer (University of Pretoria) and Ignatius Swart (University of South Africa)

This series originally appeared in the HTS Theological Studies/ Teologies Studies 70(3), 2014

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Gangsterism on the Cape Flats: A challenge to ‘engage the powers’ – Nadine F. Bowers Du Toit,

One of the most pressing issues in the urban ghettos of the Cape Flats is...

Discerning the role of faith communities in responding to urban youth marginalisation – Reginald W. Nel

Urban youth marginalisation became a key consideration in scholarly and policy literature in the 1990s. This...

Concrete spirituality – Johannes N.J. Kritzinger

This article reflects on a number of liturgical innovations in the worship of Melodi ya...

Faith community as a centre of liberationist praxis in the city – Elina Hankela

Theologians speak of the silence of churches’ prophetic voice in the ‘new’ South Africa, whilst...

Informal community-based early childhood development as a focus for urban public theology in South Africa – J.P. (Hannes) van der Walt, Ignatius Swart, Stephan...

This article highlights important dimensions of public theology and shows how the identified dimensions are relevant...

Living in the townships: An appraisal of Pentecostal social ministry in Tshwane – Victor Molobi

This article offers an appraisal of the social ministry of Pentecostal churches through fellowship, healing and...

Jesus in the Dumping Sites: Doing theology in the overlaps of human and material waste – Stephan de Beer

Jesus’ option for the poor should be reclaimed in a clear theological and ecclesial option...

Your sister in Babylon sends her love: Towards prophetic solidarity in post-apartheid South Africa – Maarman S. Tshehla

How does a self-respecting Christian from Galilee who now finds himself based near the seat of...

Structural transformation and democratic public spaces: Reflections on Habermas and the 2014 Tshwane State of the Capital City Address – Wessel Bentley

Judging by the immense global academic interaction with his work, Jürgen Habermas’s social theory, with...

The task of urban black public theology – Vuyani S. Vellem

Twenty years after the demise of apartheid, a typical South African city remains bifurcated. The...