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Conversation : an approach to faith formation for adults in a Kenyan context.

Author: Okwalo, Protas Opondo

Awarding University: Boston College, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2008

Holding Libraries: Dissertation Abstracts International ;

Subject Terms: Education ; Faith ; Adults ;

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This dissertation defines a conversational approach as an interactive process of coming to an understanding through concrete experience in community. The definition is inspired by Gadamer's conversational notion of understanding with its historical, interactive, dialectical and transformative characteristics. In proposing the approach for the ministry of educating adults in Christian faith, the dissertation bases it on processes of understanding, which, like a Gadamerian conversation, seek the integration of alternative understandings with the understandings that learners bring to the teaching/learning process. The African experience of the palaver, Jesus' conversational pedagogy and the methodology of the African theology of interculturation are three such processes that inform this dissertation. Unlike subjective rational and objective scientific approaches to teaching and learning that seek to promote an understanding of Christian faith from an epistemological nowhere and to no one in particular, a conversational approach is learner and context specific. It treats learners' perspectives as necessary conditions for the possibility of their faith formation and views truth claims of Christian tradition, not as value free and valid for all times and cultures, but products of a particular place and time. The purpose of a conversational approach is not just learners' acquisition of informational knowledge about orthodox beliefs and the correct practices of a Christian community but also, and more importantly, to encourage orthopraxis , i.e., their capacity to discern and to undertake the right course of action in each life situation in the light of Christian faith. This dissertation proposes Jesus' call to live and to promote the fullness of life for all (John 10:10b) as the criterion for such Christian praxis . This approach can be employed for the formation of Christians anywhere in the world. However, it is particularly useful for contexts like Kenya whose citizens only enjoy secondary benefits of global economic interdependence on account of their limited access to communication and information technology. Informing and forming Christians for their own transformation as well as the possible transformation of such worlds not only requires the active participation of both learners and educators in the faith formation process, it demands the involvement of an entire Christian community as a faith educator.

Lonergan's notion of cosmopolis : a study of a higher viewpoint and a creative framework for engaging individual and social 'biases' with special relevance to socio-political challenges of Kenya and the continent of Africa

Author: Onyango Oduke, Charles

Awarding University: Boston College, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2005

Holding Libraries: Dissertation Abstracts International ;

Subject Terms: Philosophy ; Political behavior ; Social change ;

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In this dissertation I intend to show that Lonergan's seminal notion of cosmopolis is a higher viewpoint grounded in authentic subjectivity and critical-historical consciousness. It is a non-political, non-partisan fact that transcends factionalism. It is the critical dimension of any culture and therefore functions as a creative humanistic framework that aptly engages societal degeneration and decline. Chapter One presents Lonergan's worldview known as generalized emergent probability. It also serves as an introduction to a circle of related terms unique to Lonergan's philosophy, such as: intentionality analysis, insight, inverse insight, accumulation of insights, higher viewpoint, heuristic notion, moving viewpoint, common sense, bias, progress, and decline. Chapter Two weaves into a kind of tapestry a general descriptive account of the popular, perhaps postmodernist, representation of the term 'cosmopolis.' I raise the problem of Lonergan's notion of cosmopolis within this broader context. Chapter Three investigates the history of the term 'cosmopolis,' dating it back to classical antiquity, specifically to Diogenes, the first to refer to himself as a cosmopolite in reference to his radical way of existence. Chapter Four traces the idea of 'cosmopolis' in the works of Abb?

Discovering the face of an intercultural God : Christian evangelization among the Turkana nomads of Kenya and implications for the worldwide church.

Author: Grenham, Thomas Gerard

Awarding University: Boston College, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2002

Holding Libraries: University Microfilms International ;

Subject Terms: Turkana (African people) ; Acculturation ; Ethnology ; Christianity ; Evangelism ;

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This dissertation defines interculturation as the activity of persons from diverse cultures and religious worldviews mutually and respectfully interacting with the intention of discovering the vision of the Gospel. Seeds of Gospel vision exist in every person, culture, and religion. Religious intercultural engagement uncovers the spirituality of the gospel which can lead to both a local and global commitment for the well-being of every person, culture, and religious perspective. The process of interculturation perceives cultural and religious interdependency as crucial for life-giving relationships within all creation. Worldwide collaboration is necessary to sustain human dignity and life for all. Within an age of globalization that fosters economic interdependency among nation-states, diverse cultures and religious perspectives encounter different challenges and opportunities for understanding religious and cultural identity, faith, human freedom, transcendence, justice, peace, reconciliation, relationships, and so forth. All religious evangelization, particularly Christian evangelization, needs further exploration in order to foster a diverse spiritual solidarity within this interconnected and interdependent world. Religious education functions in nurturing the life-giving seeds of the Gospel into plants of spiritual nourishment that reflect scented flowers of life-giving interpretation, appropriation, and transformation for sustained hope. Agents of Christian evangelization have the task of actualizing Gospel vision through relevant religious practices, localizing this vision within the contextuality of lived human experience, and globalizing this sense of transcendence for human well-being worldwide. For diverse communities of faith, meaning and a sense of belonging are discerned when each engages the other in an evolution of conversation. Such life-giving conversation is underpinned by a respectful reciprocity that shares power to create a conducive environment for mutual trust. This environment shapes and nurtures 'right relationship' with ourselves, others, creation, and God.

Effects of attributions about acceptance and rejection between individuals and between groups.

Author: Shake, Mwamburi Anthony Onesiphor

Awarding University: Boston College, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 1979

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Social life and customs/ ;

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