Original Research - Special Collecion: Missiology and the church in Africa

Faith to faith – Missiology as encounterology

J N J Kritzinger
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 29, No 3 | a31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v29i3.31 | © 2008 J N J Kritzinger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 May 2008 | Published: 17 November 2008

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Abstract

This article responds to a book edited by Prof PGJ Meiring in 1996 on the religions of South Africa. It appreciates the integration between the fields of Religious Studies and Theology of Religions in the book, but suggests that a missiological approach should explore the inter-religious encounter, rather than merely what others believe or what we believe about the possibility of their being saved. An approach of “encounterology” requires: a) a holistic and reflexive process that considers seven different dimensions of the encounter; b) a dialogical approach in which a Christian enters into a journey of mutual witness with a follower of another faith. The article uses a seven-point praxis cycle to indicate what such an encounterology could look like.

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