Missio hominum for social justice in South Africa: From missio Dei to missio hominum

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Thinane, Jonas S.
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Decades after the fall of apartheid, South Africa continues to face problems such as racism, heterosexism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, and gender-based violence leading to feminicide, which undermines all efforts being made to achieve social justice. Every Christian mission begins or flows out from missio Dei and has a common endeavour to achieve its goal. This article examines missio hominum as the new fundamental paradigm from the perspective of Nico Smith. It believes that when Smith saw the need for missio hominum, social justice was thought of as a prerequisite for the accomplishment of missio Dei’s goal. It examines how he developed the missio hominum paradigm with the aim of advocating for social justice in South Africa. It perceives a potential and a fundamental element for social justice in this new paradigm. Significantly, missio hominum represents a fundamental theological paradigm by which human action is integrated or linked with divine action in order to achieve the goal of the missio Dei. It provides an overview of the literature relating to the featured works on Christian mission and social justice. To the best of the author’s knowledge, little or no work has been published on missio hominum as a missiological paradigm on the way to social justice.
Missio dei, Nico Smith, Missio hominum, Missio ecclesiae, Social justice
Thinane, J.S. (2021). Missio hominum for social justice in South Africa: From missio Dei to missio hominum. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 77(4), a7109. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.7109