This article makes a simple assertion. The problems faced by global societies require a multi-disciplinary approach, in which theology actively engages other disciplines, such as politics, health, economics, science, and cultural studies, for the purposes of helping the Church of Jesus Christ accurately represent "the fullness of him who fills everything in every way" (Eph 1:23). This reflects the writings of John Wesley and involves a process of reinterpreting the Asburian heritage of "the whole Bible for the whole World" for relating the Gospel to such issues as poverty, disease, famine, ecological disaster, and other facets of development crisis. In the second half of the article, we explore some of the ways this can be accomplished in global stages through a closer look at ''health,'' involving the World Health Organization, mission hospitals, village beliefs, and a contemporary phenomenon revolving around the healing "powers" of a Lutheran pastor in Tanzania.
Okesson, Gregg A.
"Public Theology for Global Development: A Case Study Dealing with "Health" in Africa,"
The Asbury Journal:
1, p. 56-76.
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