A missiology of the road : the theology of mission and evangelism in the writings of David J. Bosch
This study attempts to describe David Bosch's theology of mission and evangelism, and evaluate his contribution to the Church of South Africa and beyond. Part One examines Bosch's historical context. Bosch's Afrikaner identity is probed, including the relationship between the Dutch Reformed Church and the ideology of apartheid. We then survey Bosch's theological pilgrimage, and outline his activities as a missiologist and churchman. Part Two expounds Bosch's theology of mission and evangelism. We explore bosch's theological method and his understanding of missiology as a theological discipline. We review Rosch's analysis of the contemporary missionary situation by means of three models: mission in crisis; evangelical-ecumenical; and First World-Third World. In each motif, Bosch seeks to discover a way forward beyond present polarizations in mission theology and practice. Bosch's biblical foundation for mission is analyzed, as well as his understanding of the meaning and relationship of evangelism, mission and church growth. In Part Three, we interpret the structure of Bosch's throught from the theological horizon of the missionary nature of the church. Three doctrines provide a framework for interpretation: eschatology, ecclesiology and soteriology. The church is the kingdom community, called to act as a witness to and instrument of the Kingdom. We explore the creative tension between Kingdom, church and world. The church is the alternative community set apart from the world and called to discipleship. She is distinct, however, precisely for the sake of the world, to exemplify Christ's new community. The church is the reconciled and reconciling community, embodying in her life and actions the love of God in Christ. Bosch is shown to be a 'missiologist of the road', who integrates theology and practice in a faithful, contextually-relevant way within South Africa and the global church.