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Sacred/Secular Divide and Theological Education--Latin America (Article 3)


Author: C Rosalee Velloso Ewell
Date: September 11th, 2018
Key Words: Sacred/Secular Divide

In Latin America everything is sacred. Christian or not, most people are happy to see all spheres of life as somehow divine or at least inspired by some other force. However, what that looks like in practice is another matter. How theological education can be more holistic in its shaping of Christian leaders is a fundamental task and challenge of schools across the region. 

Despite the growing relativism and materialism in Latin America, the secular/sacred divide is much more of a North American or European concern. Yet in a globalized world, the interconnections and relationships from one continent to another shape and challenge the way we think about theological education and the formation of leaders. 

****The Oikonomia Network, in partnership with ICETE, has commissioned writers from four global regions to share the developments, challenges and opportunities involved in overcoming the sacred/secular divide in theological education in their contexts. These articles are for your personal use as you prepare to attend ICETE C-18, so our time in Panama City will be as fruitful as possible; please do not publish or redistribute them. The Oikonomia Network is a community of evangelical theological educators and schools dedicated to preparing church leaders to bear God's image, bear witness and bear fruit in every area of life, and to help others do so, with particular emphasis on needed growth in whole-life discipleship, fruitful work and economic wisdom; for more information see oikonomianetwork.org. 


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