Friday, November 23, 2012

He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama

A Little Spring in the World of Light

Pā Henare Tate

A bold attempt to harmonise Christian and
traditional Māori beliefs

From one of the most influential Māori leaders in the
Catholic Church comes this visionary attempt to create
an indigenous theology for New Zealand.

The Christian message “has always fallen short of
speaking intimately and powerfully to Māori experience
in Aotearoa New Zea
land,” writes Pā Henare Tate
(Ngāti Manawa, Te Rarawa), a former lecturer at the Auckland Catholic
Institute of Theology and the University of Auckland. “Māori people are crying
out for a form of Christianity that is ‘theirs’, one that is relevant to their
concerns in their context.”

In this work he seeks to create some systematic foundations for this Māori
theology, based on cultural concepts such as tapu, mana, pono, tika and
aroha. A clear, cogent discussion of how those concepts align provides the
basis of this work, which will provoke plentiful discussion in church circles,
and serve as a valuable resource for educational and pastoral use.

He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama was blessed during a ceremony in the Hokianga
Harbour on 17 November, and will be officially launched at Motuti marae, in
the northern Hokianga, on 30 November.

Release Date: 23 November 2012 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-54-8 | RRP $75
308 pages

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