The Development of Civilization before the Greeks

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INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

In this dissertation, the researcher has attempted to bring in the issues of transformation and development of human society from a homiletical pastoral perspective. The researcher will attempt to show that the Preacher and preaching, with its Kerugmatik (see p.38) nature impacting effectively on transformation and development of human society and that its therapeutic influences, are critical points in the quest for a better life for the under privileged and under-developed rural majority. People perceive society in different ways, “…The Political revolutionary wants to overthrow society; the reformer wants to change it; the evangelist wants to save it. Everybody looks at society from their own viewpoint ” (Hud 1973:1).

THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

The research’s theoretical premises will be taken from Billy Graham, as he makes the most profound statement, notably; “Then also, there is the scholar who claims that the remedy for vice is to be found in a universal system of education. His opinion is that man will be made pure and happy by intellectual culture and mental repose.

THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

In this framework, the research is approached with the focus on concepts. In this particular study, the concepts of transformation, development and human society are explained in broad and clear terms. The homiletical perspective is part of the conceptual  framework. The concepts that interlink and are explored in this research are:Transformation: This entails change in the individual mindset affecting the whole society in addressing maladies that hamper progress.

PRELIMINARY SUPPOSITIONS

When I passed my form five (equivalent to South African Matric examinations), my late father sat me down and asked, “What do you want to study?” I said that I wanted to study theology. He said, “My son, why not study medicine?” He was a physiotherapist, and he,presumably, wanted someone to follow in his healing career. He continued to say that as a Preacher I wouldn’t bring development to society: no roads, no water, no schools, no infrastructural development or transformation of society.

Declaration
Dedication
Acknowledgement
Abstract
CHAPTER ONE: ORIENTATION
1. Introduction
2. The Theoretical Framework
3. The Conceptual Framework
4. The Development of Civilization before the Greeks
5. Preliminary Suppositions
6. Problem Statement
7. Research Questions
8. Research Methodologies
9. Literature Review
10. Data Analysis and Interpretation
11. Research Gap
12. Significance of the Research
13. Aim and Purpose of the Research
14. Delimitation and Limitation of the Study
15. Definition of Terms
16. Outline of the Dissertation
CHAPTER TWO: METHODOLOGY
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Research Design and Methods
2.2.1. Qualitative Method
2.2.2. Quantitative Method
2.3. Preliminary Summary
CHAPTER THREE: A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF TRANSFORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE AGES
3.1. Introduction
3.2. A Brief History of Civilization of Classical Times
3.3. A Brief History of the Early Christian Times (from 41-70 AD)
3.4. Preliminary Summary
CHAPTER FOUR: TRANSFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT AND HEALING AS UNDERSTOOD BY THREE PREACHERS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS NAMELY: JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, MARTYN LLOYD-JONES AND BILLY GRAHAM.
4.1. Introduction
4.2. A brief history of John Chrysostom
4.2.1. Family
4.2.2. Ascetic life
4.2.3. Managing transformation in Transition
4.2.4. Education and Training
4.2.5. John’s views on political power
4.2.6. John the community Preacher, Pastor and Developer
4.2.7. John’s Homily on Transformation
4.2.8. John’s contribution to Transformation
4.2.9. Summary
4.3. A brief history of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
4.3.1. Martyn’s views on the Preacher and preaching
4.3.2. The view of Martyn on Christian education and preaching
4.3.3. Martyn’s Tenets of Preaching
4.3.4. Martyn’s Conversion
4.3.5. Martyn’s Homily on Transformation
4.3.6. Martyn’s contribution to Transformation
4.3.7 Reformed Tenets of Preaching
4.3.8. Summary
4.4. A brief history of Billy Graham
4.4.1. Billy’s family background
4.4.2. Billy’s Conversion
4.4.3. The role of the Evangelist Preacher
4.4.4. Billy’s Worldwide Ministry and its beginnings
4.4.5. Billy’s Homily on Transformation
4.4.6. Billy’s contribution to Transformation
4.4.7. Summary
4.5. Preliminary summary
CHAPTER FIVE: COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH FINDINGS, DATA ANALYSIS, HERMENEUTICAL INTERPRETATION AND COMPARISON OF CHURCHES AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHENOMENON IN VENDA: CASE STUDIES
5.1. Introduction
5.2. African Independent Church (Tshigubu Church), Lutheran Church and Calvary
Christian Church in Venda, Case Studies:
5.2.1. Tshigubu Church: Case Study 1
5.2.2. Lutheran Church: Case Study 2
5.2.3. Calvary Christian Church: Case Study 3
5.3. Research analysis, hermeneutical interpretation and comparison
5.3.1.Tshigubu’s understanding of the Phenomenon
5.3.2. Georgenholtz’s understanding of the Phenomenon
5.3.3. Calvary’s understanding of the Phenomenon
5.3.4. Tables
5.3.5. Graph
5.3.6. Lessons
5.4.Preliminary Summary
CHAPTER SIX:PREACHING AS A FACTOR FOR TRANSFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT AND HEALING IN RURAL VENDA SOCIETY
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Transformation
6.3. Development
6.4. Healing
6.4.1. The metaphor of the Preacher as a healer of Society
6.5. Venda Society in the context of Transformation, Development and Healing
6.5.1. The three major Venda Royal houses
6.6. A Bantustan homeland and its policy
6.7. Preliminary Summary
CHAPTER SEVEN: EVALUATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Evaluation of homilies in Churches in Venda
7.2.1. Tshigubu Church
7.2.2. Lutheran Church
7.2.3. Calvary Christian Church
7.3. Summary of Chapters
7.4. Recommendations
7.5 Conclusion

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