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Empowerment: A Theological Perspective

C. R. Dickson

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 15, No 2 (1994), 248-263. doi: 10.4102/ve.v15i2.1095

Submitted: 19 July 1994
Published:  19 July 1994


It is generally accepted that sound practice must be informed by sound theory. This maxim applies also with reference to the concept empowerment which is in vogue within South Africa today. Therefore it is argued here that for empowerment to be effective it must be underpinned by a sound theological understanding of powerlessness. After exploring the use of the term power (powerlessness), its occurrence and meaning in Psalm 82 is examined, concluding with an attempt at formulating a theological definition of powerlessness.

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