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Critical evaluation of the doctrine of predestination within black-African theology: Christ the elected and electing

Leepo J. Modise
Theologia Viatorum | Vol 46, No 1 | a118 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/tv.v46i1.118 | © 2022 Leepo J. Modise | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 April 2021 | Published: 31 January 2022

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Leepo J. Modise, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


This article aims to deconstruct the ideology about God’s election in South Africa, which is attached to capitalism. I will discuss about its impact on the South African socio-politico-economic situation in the apartheid and post-apartheid era. Furthermore, I will critically discuss the equality of human beings in the eyes of Triune God and focus on the centrality of Christology from the African and black theology. One cannot divorce the Providence of God from the doctrine of predestination. The God who creates is the same God who elects and provides for his people. This argument will lead to the critical question: Who are the elect, rich or poor? Free or oppressed? This article’s final thesis is to deconstruct the ideology that God elects according to God’s grace.


critical; predestination; black; African; Christ; elected and electing


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