Does Development Work? Seven Questions

Author: Dr Jonathan Ingleby, Editor of Encounters.

Abstract:

1. Did we start at the wrong place?
Despite heroic attempts by a number of organisations – TEAR Fund, World Vision through their MARC publications, the Micah Network, Integral, just to mention a few – to pull the whole Development discourse into Christian praxis and to give it an adequate rationale within mission, or vice versa, the truth remains that the Development discourse as such remains in deep trouble, and it might be better if we Christians – theologians, missiologists and Christian Development practitioners in particular – took notice of the fact. It is not at all that I want to go back on the idea that mission is holistic. What I am saying is that we have allied ourselves with an ideology and praxis of Development which has been insufficiently interrogated by the Christian encounter.1

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