A theological and philosophical interpretation of the history of events and developments leading to the establishment of Nungalinya College

  • Bogdan Ryszard Zieba

Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


This document responds to a call from Nungalinya students who wanting to know the history of the College, and to fill one of the gaps in the existing body of research concerning the history of Vocational Education and Training in the Northern Territory which has been focused on the role of human agents only. The thesis assumes the position that early history of the College has transcendental origins and is the product of a metaxic action of two agencies: divine and human, which reflects on the belief that these have mutually cooperated throughout Christian history. This claim is presented within a framework of biblical metanarrative supplemented by Nungalinya’s archival records as primary sources. The analysis of the historic events uses theological tools such as: the salvific/redemptive history, typological theology and missiological construct of Missio Dei. This examination employs the historical research method guided by a hermeneutic of continuity as the principle of historical interpretation of developments leading to the establishment of Nungalinya College. This thesis is written for reflective readers, inquisitive about the meaning of life and sensitive towards the transcendental reality and spiritual search of Australian Indigenous Christians. It includes philosophy of the educational institution that participates in the metaxy of incarnated Christ and the lives of Indigenous Australians who navigate between the two worlds.
Date of Award2022
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorCris Edmonds-Wathen (Supervisor) & Birut Zemits (Supervisor)

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