This paper explores the methods by which theology has risen out of the academy and emerged into the practical sphere of social change throughout South Africa. Drawing upon liberation theology, survival theology, and traditional African theology, South African feminists have developed an activist theology. This theology is aimed at addressing the violence that permeates the lives of rural women throughout the country. To create social change, feminist theologians are joining with rural women to critically analyze Biblical passages and use these emerging ideas to springboard activism within the community. Based upon an analysis of secondary sources, this paper discusses the theory behind the methods and presents three case studies of feminist theology in action in South Africa.
Annie Schneider, ’11 Colorado Springs, CO
Majors: Sociology, Women’s Studies
Sponsor: Mary Olson