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A critical study on Christian mission with special reference to the Presbyterian church of Mizoram

Lawmsanga, (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This study is an attempt to do relevant Mizo Theology of Mission in a Mizo context. The author has drawn theological hermeneutics from the interaction of the gospel and Mizo cultural elements with the aim of reconstructing Mizo Contextual Theology of Mission. Methodologically the author employed the postcolonial and synthetic models. This study introduced the Mizos and their traditional elements with a brief interpretation. Then the colonial power and Christian mission came to Mizoram which brought various changes in Mizo society. While admitting that change was a need of the Mizo society and irreversible process, it has also brought problems which shake the foundation of the Mizo society and also alienated from their traditional culture. To regain the lost identity and cultural alienation, revival movements have been taken place and this inspired the Mizos to construct a contextual theology to address their problems. However, the impact of western theology was so great that the present theological paradigm is an exclusive one and not relevant for today. Therefore, the author developed a Mizo contextual Theology of Mission that would seriously take contemporary realities and promote participation in ‘Missio Dei’ in building the reign of God here and now.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Sugirtharajah, R. S. (Rasiah S.)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Subjects:BR Christianity
BX Christian Denominations
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:767
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