A Critical Analysis of the Interpretation of the Doctrine of «Justification by Faith Alone» by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Gongola Diocese
7 Contextual Implication for Theological Education
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Contextual Implication for Theological Education
Justification by faith alone is not a threat to morality, but the sworn foe of all forms of self-justification (Taylor 1954: 16).
The previous chapter examined data from the field work to assess the knowledge of and appropriation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone bearing in mind the formal and informal theological education provided to the various groups associated with or belonging to the LCCN. The data revealed among other things that: a) there is lack of proper knowledge of the doctrine among members, b) the theological education programme of the LCCN is clergy centred, c) there is lack of contextual approach in the curriculum of the church’s seminary, d) there is a lack of adequate teaching resources including qualified personnel, e) there is a neglect of the role of mother tongue in the church and f) there is insufficient commitment from the LCCN in transmitting its beliefs and practices to the grassroots. As a result of all these factors, there is an increasing gap or even a clear ← 133 | 134 → contradiction between theory and praxis, formal and informal learning in the lives of LCCN clergy and laity in relation to the doctrine of justification by faith alone.
The objective of this chapter is to investigate the viability of a contextual theological education programme for the training of both clergy and laity that is broad minded enough to...
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