Missionalia, 36 (1) April 2008-historic in many ways

I have the hard copy of April 2008 in my hands. Whilst reading through the editorial by Prof JNJ (Klippies) Kritzinger, I sense that this is an historical issue. He states, ‘This issue of Missionalia represents the end of an era…’

In the one hand, Prof JJ (Dons) Kritzinger, longstanding member of SAMS and book review editor, retired and his role is now taken over by Prof Graham Duncan, who teaches Church History at the University of Pretoria. He will be assisted by Lee-Anne Roux, who takes over from Jansie Killian and will do the administration of articles and book reviews.

But there is also another reason why this issue is historical. Klippies makes this clear by stating, ‘Since this is the last issue of the journal for which I am responsible, its appropriate for me to look back and reflect briefly on where we come from..’

The new editor is Dr Genevieve L James. Klippies explains, ‘The time has come for a new generation of missiologists to take the lead in managing the journal and in taking the legacy of David Bosch into the future.’ Dr James, is teaching at Unisa and holds a PhD, from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, under the supervision of Prof Tony Balcomb. She is a scholar whose interest lies in Pentecostal/Charismatic missiology and urban faith communities, but is also well-known for children hermeneutics and theology. Her appointment, as a young, black scholar, but also a female and pentecostal is significant. Missionalia, which was started by the eminent and much revered David Bosch, indeed is setting the tone, with regards to the Africanization of scholarship and academia, which remains trapped in the legacies of colonialism. James represents the new face of scholarship (not only for South Africa) and this achievement cannot go unnoticed.

In his conclusion, Klippies cast a hopeful vision over the future of Missionalia and the contributions in this edition, in a sense gives body to his thoughts, but also the direction its going. Indeed, during his stint as editor  and leader of Missionalia, Kritzinger left an indelible footprint, on missiology in the region, but also worldwide.

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