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Title: Towards an appropriate pedagogy for the development of the Muslim-background Church of Algeria
Author: Brittenden, Patrick J. S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 0577
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This study is based on qualitative research in the field of practical theology. It is a theological reflection on the practices of teaching and learning in the Muslim-background Church of Algeria. It reflects on the development of this Church with a view to ensuring its critically faithful participation in the continuing mission of the triune God. It seeks to explain and evaluate appropriate pedagogy for the development of the Church in the local and universal context of national Algerian identity and World Christianity. The journey of this thesis explores what it might look like to have a nuanced understanding of the indigenous Church as it develops in the cultural, religious and educational context of Algeria. It observes that in multiple ways, the experience of the Algerian Church is liminal. It also identifies the way in which a negative experience of liminality has been an impediment to the development of a coherent Algerian Christian identity, to the Church's progress and development in Algeria, and to its place in the movement of World Christianity. However, it then moves on to argue how and why this context may be viewed positively, suggesting that the paradox of liminality can be viewed as a positive 'state' pregnant with potential for Algerian Christians. It concludes with a proposal for a framework of liberating liminal pedagogy, which is an invitation for the Algerian Church to engage in Christian education and theological training in the context of the Church's Theo-dramatic performance of God's mission. This leads to an overall attitude and commitment to continual praxis, which integrates local identity and Christian maturity through a multidimensional cognitive, affective and behavioural training process.
Supervisor: Wood, Nicholas ; Willis, Michael Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Applied Theology