Community and Societal Development

How can cross-cultural development workers help communities and societies thrive by following godly principles?

Posts tagged transformation
The Role of Religion in International Development

by Paul Hiebert

If religion, anthropologically defined, is at the core of any lasting development, then what is the religion that drives programs of modern secular development? The answer is nationalism. The state does not speak for the cosmos, but for a community of people; it is inherently ethnocentric. … It is a secular religion that promises to satisfy human nature and succeed in its work. … National self-interest wins out over sacrifice for humanity.

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“Tohu Wabohu” Concept (Genesis 1:2): The Biblical Root of International Development

by Kisongo Mbeleulu, WCIU MA student

The concept of international development is a borrowing of the biblical Hebrew concept of Tohu Wabohu. Though international development may appear corrupted in its practices by yielding to the interest of the powerful, the concept of Tohu Wabohu justifies the presence of the church on the stage of the global development community and compels the church to engage in transformation work, not as an option but as an obligation for the glory of God.

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