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Human Development as Integral Development
Kamau Joseph Kariuki

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This book highlights human development as integral development by the methodological means of basing the latter on the recent social teaching of the Church as applied in the social education and ethics of Joseph Kentenich. The central question of investigation in the book is the problem statement of the extent to which the social teaching of the Church as well as its application in the social education and ethics of Kentenich may apply or may not apply in throwing more light on the chronic African problem of underdevelopment in Kenya. And the outstanding problem is posed with a view to overcoming obstacles on the way to integral development. Among known hindrances to authentic human development, especially since gaining political independence in 1963, is the thriving culture of corruption and greed. The latter is grounded on the sectarian or divisive tribalism as a biased affiliation of brotherhoods against perceived non-brothers. As no kingdom divided against itself can stand the antagonistic tribal affiliations breeding corruption and grreed work to the detriment of social justice as well as the common good and integral development.

As a logical consequence, the moral methodological justification for as well as the doctrinal source of inspiration in grounding the African social analysis on the social teaching of the Church as applied in Kentenich's social education and ethics is the faith-awareness that the Church is a master or expert in humanity. And this doctrinal contention is made from the biblico-theological stance of the universal missionary command of Jesus to his disciples:» Going out teach all nations...» (Mt 28:19). As it has already been observed, Joseph Kentenich is a living witness of the expertise of the Church on humanity today as it was in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution during the Great Depression in 1930s.

This work is then dedicated as a Jubilee Gift
to the International Schoenstatt Family and especially
to Schoenstatt Family in Africa.

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Datum: 23.09.2015
Autor: Oskar Bühler
 
 

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