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ISBN: 9781839738791
Imprint: Langham Academic
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 18
Publication Date: 31/05/2024
Pages: 336
Series: Studies in Public Theology
Language: English

Towards a Contextualized Conceptualization of Social Justice for Post-Apartheid Namibia


The search for justice, beyond the basic political understanding, is profoundly theological and ethical. In this work, Dr. Basilius M. Kasera analyses the meaning of justice in post-apartheid Namibia from a biblical perspective. He argues that notions of justice carry no meaning unless they emanate from the community of the affected. Every group of people, by virtue of being God’s image-bearers, are able to assess their own context and provide befitting solutions. However this kind of agency has not been afforded to the post-apartheid Namibian society, which continues to operate on borrowed models of justice. While extrapolating on Allan Boesak’s beneficial theological concepts of justice, Dr. Kasera encourages theologians and Christians at large to participate in the creation of meaningful, effective, and transformative policies, programmes, practices, systems, and justice institutions.

Author Bios

Basilius M. Kasera

BASILIUS M. KASERA has a PhD in public theology and ethics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. For thirteen years, he worked in the humanitarian and academic sector for organisations like Catholic AIDS Action Trust and Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary. He currently lectures at the University of Namibia, where he continues to engage in issues of theology, religion, ethics, and public life. He is also a board member of the Southern African Christian Initiative and Sending in Missions.


This work is priceless to nations and communities incessantly ravaged by multiple social injustices. Basilius Kasera recognizes that ideas rule the world and social injustices are guided and guarded by theories and concepts. He evaluates how vestiges of apartheid continue to create socio-economic inequities to new levels in post-apartheid Namibia despite implementations of many policies and programmes.

Solomon Amao, PhD
Academic Dean,
ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria

Since gaining independence in 1990, Namibia has successfully completed the transition from a white minority apartheid rule to a modern, multicultural, democratic society in which citizens elect their leaders. However, the socio-economic effects of the apartheid system, as Basilius Kasera points out, are still tangible today. I commend this book to anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of justice in a post-apartheid context from a Christian perspective.

Thorsten Prill, PhD
Synod Minister, Rhenish Church in Namibia

Dr. Basilius Kasera argues that biblically informed practice of social justice takes as its model the incarnation of Jesus in a particular situation to address the needs of sinful humans and especially of poor people. This book is rooted in the context of Southern Africa and apartheid but develops an approach to social justice that can be drawn on for all social action that claims to be Christian.

Christopher Sugden, PhD
PhD Programme Leader,
Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, UK

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. List of Abbreviations
  4. Chapter 1 Introduction
    1. 1.1 Introduction
    2. 1.2 Background
    3. 1.3 An Overview of Injustice in Namibia
    4. 1.4 The Motivation for the Study
    5. 1.5 Statement of the Problem
    6. 1.6 Preliminary Literature Survey on Allan Boesak
    7. 1.7 Research Questions
    8. 1.8 Significance of the Study
    9. 1.9 Objective
    10. 1.10 Research Methodology
    11. 1.11 Outline of the Research
    12. 1.12 Summary
  5. Chapter 2 Literature Analysis of Contextualization, Epistemology, and Conceptualization of Social Justice in the Namibian Context
    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.1.1 Mapping and Describing the Concept of Justice
    3. 2.2 Public Conceptions of Social Justice
    4. 2.3 Theological Perspectives on Social Justice
    5. 2.4 Research Gap
    6. 2.5 Summary
  6. Chapter 3 Allan Boesak’s Theology, Epistemology, Praxis, and Framing of Social Justice
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Boesak’s Conceptual Roots
    3. 3.3 Black Consciousness and Power
    4. 3.4 Theology of Power and Consciousness
    5. 3.5 Towards an Understanding of Boesak’s Notions of Justice
    6. 3.6 Social Justice
    7. 3.7 Summary
  7. Chapter 4 A Critical Dialogue with Allan Boesak’s Theological Notions of Justice
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 Black Liberation Theology for a Post-Apartheid Context
    3. 4.3 Theology of Power and Consciousness
    4. 4.4 Reconciliation and Social Justice
    5. 4.5 Theology of Social Justice (Restitution)
    6. 4.6 Summary
  8. Chapter 5 Towards a Contextualized Conceptualization of Social Justice for Post-Apartheid Namibia
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 The Church and Social Injustice in a Post-Apartheid Context
    3. 5.3 Conceptualising Reconciliation and Social Justice
    4. 5.4 Conceptualising Social Justice for Namibia
    5. 5.5 Social Justice as Praxis
    6. 5.6 Theology As Public Witness
    7. 5.7 Summary
  9. Chapter 6 Towards Some Tentative Conclusions
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Research Summary
    3. 6.3 Theology and Participation in the Public Sphere
    4. 6.4 Recommendations
    5. 6.5 Limitations of the Research
    6. 6.6 Suggestions for Future Research
    7. 6.7 Conclusion
  10. Bibliography