The Relationship between the Creation Mandate and Mission Mandate: Intercultural Reflections on African Christian Discipleship in a Secularized World

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    In view of a holistic and integrated understanding of Christian discipleship, this paper explores the relationship of Christian involvement in the secular domain on the one hand and the calling to evangelize on the other. With reference to examples from the life of the church in Africa, it shows that often one of the mandates is highlighted at the expense of the other, or that both exist side-by-side in the Christian life without proper integration. It is argued that all these three options render the church vulnerable to secularization, particularly “the secularization of desire.” This paper approaches the question from a systematic theological angle by examining the relationship between the creation mandate and the mission mandate. It argues that both mandates are linked in Christ’s role as Savior of creation in its entirety and because Christ also is the goal of creation. Christian investment in the creation mandate therefore presupposes the saving work of Christ and needs to find its fulfillment in him. It finally proposes to understand the relationship between the two mandates as a “double helix” where the two are always intimately related yet can never be reduced to either one.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIs Africa Incurably Religious?
    Subtitle of host publicationSecularization and Discipleship in Africa
    EditorsBenno van den Toren, Joseph Bosco Bangura, Dick Seed
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherRegnum Books
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)978-1-913363-85-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Publication series

    NameRegnum Studies in Mission

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