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Mobilising religious assets for social transformation: a theology of decolonial reconstruction perspective on the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs (MNGRA) in Zambia

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-18 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-26T11:16:00Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-26T11:16:00Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-18 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12646
dc.description.abstract The article argues for a theology of decolonial reconstruction to aid the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs (MNGRA) in its search for a new political vision for Zambian society. The MNGRA was established in 2017 by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to strengthen the Declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation. The second republican President Frederick JT Chiluba declared Zambia a Christian nation (hereafter, the Declaration) on 29 December 1991. In 1996, the Declaration was enshrined in the preamble of the National Constitution. Zambian Pentecostalism, perceived as chief architect and guardian of the Declaration, is also believed to have masterminded the introduction of the MNGRA. A female Pentecostal Pastor, Hon. Rev. Godfridah Sumaili, in fact heads the ministry. One of the key roles of the MNGRA is to stimulate faith-based organizations and religious communities' interest, support and participation in pursuit of social reconstruction and transformation of the nation. To this effect, MNGRA has deployed a methodology, which seeks to dialogue with these organizations and at the same time use a 'top-bottom' approach to promote religious morality in the process of social reconstruction and transformation. This article argues that, being a ministry with a strong conservative Christian orientation, MNGRA is in danger of falling prey to a Pentecostal demo-theocratic (democratic and theocratic) political paradigm which rejects certain human rights, religious pluralism, and knowledge constructions from other religions, which are perceived inferior. The article also analyses the viability of 'top-bottom' approach utilizing a theology of decolonial reconstruction. This approach embraces a pluralistic model of integral religious praxis at all levels of life. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ZAMBIA en
dc.subject RELIGION en
dc.subject DECOLONIZATION en
dc.subject SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION en
dc.title Mobilising religious assets for social transformation: a theology of decolonial reconstruction perspective on the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs (MNGRA) in Zambia en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 9(6) en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Religions en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10522 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=20274 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9497 en
dc.bibliographictitle Kaunda, C.J. & Kaunda, M.M. (2018) Mobilising religious assets for social transformation: a theology of decolonial reconstruction perspective on the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs (MNGRA) in Zambia. <i>Religions</i>. 9(6):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Kaunda, C.J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Kaunda, M.M. en


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