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Is mission without theology possible? Some have suggested that where theological reflection is, the lack of missional living is sure to be as well? Is this dichotomy between the two real, or contrived?

David Bosch, the famed missiologist of the 20th century from Africa says its contrived, listen to some of his thoughts from his book, Witness To The World;

“Theology is concerned with the basic presuppositions and underlying principles which give direction to our ecclesiastical activities. Such Presuppositions and considerations are always present, in any ecclesiastical activity, even if they are not always expressed or formulated systematically. This implies that behind every missionary enterprise in the various periods of missionary revival there was indeed theological reflection, albeit not always formally articulated. Theology was, therefore, decidedly not absent. No mission is possible without theology.”

For myself this is a very challenging picture of mission, if indeed theology forms the presuppositions which help guide the ecclesiastical activity I’m involved in while doing mission then the clarity and authenticity of my theology must be given great care, else the missio dei could suffer loss. The loss the missio dei would suffer would not be one forced upon it by man, but one that God freely allowed to occur in his governance.

Orthodoxy always affects orthopraxy, which leads me to raise another question which Bosch as well asks, is theology without mission possible?