He Puna Iti i te Ao Marama: A Little Spring in the World of Light

He Puna Iti i te Ao Marama: A Little Spring in the World of Light
Pa Henare Tate
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How to reconcile the deeply held Christian beliefs of Maori with the indigenous world view that they have inherited and are in many cases rediscovering? This far-reaching work attempts to develop the foundations of an indigenous Maori theology. In Pa Tate's opinion, the traditional Christian message has fallen short of speaking intimately and powerfully to Maori experience in Aotearoa. Maori are crying out for a form of Christianity that is 'theirs'. This book offers one response and contribution to this call by attempting to develop a theology that Maori can call 'ours'.
" He Puna Iti i te Ao Marama: A Little Spring in the World of Light" is a compelling and passionate description of the role that Maori tikanga (protocols) and kaupapa (methodologies) play in the construction of a Maori Christian theological framework. "
Pa Henare Tate is (Ngati Manawa, Te Rarawa) is one of the senior Maori figures in the Catholic Church. A former lecturer at the Catholic Institute of Theology, he has a doctorate from the University of Auckland, and is a specialist in Maori spirituality. Now retired, Pa Tate lives in Motuti, in the northern Hokianga.