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Contextualizing Theology: A Look at the Sociopolitical Crisis in Nicaragua and the Evangelical Response

Version 1 : Received: 29 July 2021 / Approved: 30 July 2021 / Online: 30 July 2021 (14:25:28 CEST)

How to cite: Hernandez Blandón, N.J. Contextualizing Theology: A Look at the Sociopolitical Crisis in Nicaragua and the Evangelical Response. Preprints 2021, 2021070705 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0705.v1). Hernandez Blandón, N.J. Contextualizing Theology: A Look at the Sociopolitical Crisis in Nicaragua and the Evangelical Response. Preprints 2021, 2021070705 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0705.v1).

Abstract

Drawing on contextualization literature, this paper seeks to evaluate the impact of contextual theology from a Latin American perspective. Bevans' (2002) Praxis Model of contextual theology sets the conceptual framework used to evaluate the evangelical response to the sociopolitical crisis in Nicaragua. The case study provides an example of how Bevans’ Praxis Model can be applied by looking at the manner with which the evangelical and the catholic church have responded to the sociopolitical upheaval in Nicaragua. The literature on contextualization highlights how theologizing is inextricably tied to culture, that contextual theology is necessary to effectively communicate the truth of the Gospel in varying cultural contexts, and that the issues of syncretism and the plurality of theologies can be effectively addressed.

Keywords

Contextual theology; contextualization; social engagement; Evangelicalism; Nicaragua; Politics

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