BLACK THEOLOGY AND THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN THE MIDST OF PAIN AND SUFFERING AMIDST POVERTY

Olehile A Buffel

Abstract


 Despite promises of a ‘better life for all’ millions of mainly black South Africans are subjected to pain and suffering as a result of poverty. This calls for black theological reflection in the light of their experience and the Gospel. This also calls for prophetic activism similar to that provided by some leaders during the struggle for liberation, who unfortunately either joined ‘party politics’ or the civil service or are now focusing only on preaching that is unrelated to the pain and suffering of the poor. The article argues for pastors, theologians and lay leaders with strong organic links with the masses and their organisations to engage in prophetic activism.


Keywords


Black Theology; Black Experience; Pain, Suffering; Poverty; Prophetic Activism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/116-1-1298

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