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dc.contributor.advisorVan der Merwe, S.
dc.contributor.advisorKnoetze, H.
dc.contributor.authorVan Rooyen, Jacobus Louis Stephanus
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-25T14:24:51Z
dc.date.available2016-07-25T14:24:51Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/18049
dc.descriptionMA (Missiology), North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, 2014en_US
dc.description.abstractIt is a common myth that "natural man" seeks God or lives in harmony with the Creator. Contrasting the "praetercolonial"1 Baka Pygmies'2 conception of wellbeing with the true ideal of wellbeing, depicted in the New Testament (specifically in John 6 and Philippians 4), it becomes evident that they lack an important aspect, shared with the rest of humanity: total reliance on the Creator. The New Testament ideal of wellbeing is closely related to a reliance on the mercy of God, born from the realisation of inadequacy and the need for redemption. The Gospel speaks of a God that not only offers that redemption, but in effect became redemption. This contradicts a common African belief that God abandoned His creation and that humanity is now at the mercy of the spiritual powers confined to a naturalistic world. Applying Brueggemann's three-storied worldview shows that God is actively involved in humanity, thereby contradicting the false notion of a distant Creator. The Baka do not consider themselves sinful and share the rest of humanity's unwillingness to surrender their independence to the mercy of God (Luke 18:9-14). They are consequently vulnerable to manipulation by spirits and powers in their search to interact with "superhuman" forces, in an effort to achieve an idealised state of wellbeing. Missiologically speaking, by transforming this subjective, anthropocentric ideal of wellbeing, the praetor colonial Baka is led to a new ideal based upon the surrender of self- reliance that leads to comprehensive salvation in Jesus Christ, avoiding vestiges of syncretism, relativism and dualism in new converts.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectWellbeingen_US
dc.subjectBiblical wellbeingen_US
dc.subjectWorldviewen_US
dc.subjectBakaen_US
dc.subjectPygmyen_US
dc.subjectContextualisationen_US
dc.subjectPooren_US
dc.subjectlnculturationen_US
dc.subjectMissio Deien_US
dc.subjectBrueggemannen_US
dc.subjectSyncretismen_US
dc.subjectDualismen_US
dc.subjectRelativismen_US
dc.subjectPrayeren_US
dc.subjectAfricanen_US
dc.subjectObedienceen_US
dc.titleThe implications of Missio Dei for transforming the ideal of well-being of the Sangha Baka Pygmies (Republic of Congo)en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesistypeMastersen_US
dc.contributor.researchID10257543 - Van der Merwe, Sarel Jacobus (Supervisor)


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