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An enquiry on poverty discourses in public theology for the calling of the church to respond to poverty: A case for the Africa Inland Church in Kenya

Noah K. Tenai
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2059 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2059 | © 2016 Noah K. Tenai | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 November 2015 | Published: 17 August 2016

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Noah K. Tenai, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

As an emergent and rapidly growing international field of study, public theology has its focus on how Christian faith and practice impact on ordinary life. Its principle concern is thewell-being of society. In Africa, and in Kenya in particular, where poverty levels are still high, there is a need to enquire into the value and efficacy of the poverty discourses in publictheology, for the calling of the church to respond to poverty. One of the main and fast growingchurches in Kenya, the Africa Inland Church (AIC), has vast resources used for, amongst otherthings, various on-going work amidst the poor and the vulnerable in remote and poor areas. Due to the unrelenting nature of poverty in Kenya, the AIC needs a theological perspective, which is sufficiently sensitive to poverty and can enable it to respond to poverty moreeffectively. Public theology’s emphasis on gaining an entrée into the public square andadopting the agenda of communities, including public theology’s calling on churches toactively participate in rational and plausible public discourses, can assist the AIC to respondeffectively to the challenge of poverty in Kenya.


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Poor; Poverty; Theology; Public Theology; Africa Inland Church

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