A Contextual Transformation Practical Theology in South Africa

Author: Gordon E. Dames

What can practical theology contribute to the transformation of the South African society? This is a challenging question if one is willing to start from the assumption that the crisis is deep (in terms of existential psychosocial, socioeconomic pathologies and systemic dysfunctionalities) and answers are few (if any). This is precisely the condition in which practical theology emerged as a theological discipline of crisis in the 19th century. This is a challenging position if taken in the radical sense of the word. The author takes this radical turn from a contextual African perspective.