The interplay between theology and development: How theology can be related to development in post-modern society

John Klaasen


This article attempts to make a contribution to the discourse of missiology by engaging
critically with the much debated studies of theology and development. The two widely
used definitions of development are analysed to point out commonalities and
weaknesses. A theology of relationality is then introduced with reference to the Trinity,
relationships and personhood. Some pointers then emerged to form a more integral
understanding of development. I then make some connections between human and
social development and the Trinity and perichoresis and to point out the missiological
and ecclesiological implications for the mission of the church

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