Theology and Development

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April 8, 2012
FACILITATOR: REV. DR. ISAIAS CHACHINE | Theology and Development | | Theological Reflection - Amartya Sen and Elaine Graham, Heather Walton and Frances Ward |

This paper will deal with the importance of Theological reflection and it will argue that theological reflection is the responsibility of all individuals in the human race. In response to Amartya Sen’s work in Development as Freedom as well the treatment of theological reflection and the analysis of methods by Elaine Graham, Heather Walton and Frances Ward, this paper will attempt to unpack what the term ‘development’ means with a view to offering a theological response to the concerns articulated by Sen in his book. This theological response
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Graham et al makes us aware that there remain problems with the way students have been historically expected to engage in theological reflection and they cite 3 problems. For the purposes of this paper I will emphasise one with a view of introducing a theological reflection model that is designed to bring about transformation. According to Graham et al (Graham, Walton, & Ward, 2005, p. 7) one of the problems are that pastoral care, contextual analysis and patterns of theological reflection are often divorced from the study of systematic/historical/biblical disciplines on the curriculum in theological colleges, courses and seminaries.
Here I wish to offer a theological reflection model that does well to integrate pastoral care, biblical study and theological reflection and it is also an effective tool for bringing about transformation in a community. In fact this model is taught at the College of The Transfiguration Grahamstown as part of the course titled Implementing transformation in a community using Christian principles. It is also an interdisciplinary model in the sense that it can also be applied in Christian ethics courses. This model is called SEE-JUDGE-ACT. I will return to this model later in this paper.
To return to the views of Graham et al, they argue that the history of doctrine should be
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