Reimagining How Urban Theology can be used as a Theological Tool that Links Faith and Justice in South Africa

Innocent Mabheka


The commercialisation of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems, addressed by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission), prompted the author to write this article. The author explored how the South African church and government can work together in safeguarding the abuse of people’s belief systems. A common theological guideline regulating all churches in South Africa regarding their basic training that qualifies them as church leaders to practice was suggested. Urban theology was reimagined as a theological tool that could link all the churches collaboratively to safeguard the abuse of people’s belief systems. This article sturdily proposed that the South African government and church need to form a significant collaboration in uprooting abuse of the congregants in their church fellowship.


Freedom of Religion South Africa; South African Council of Churches; Urban Theology

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