This article is a South African perspective of a Black African reflection on the publicity of
Reformed faith. Whilst the notion of public theology is fairly new, the article argues, it is
important to define the ‘public’ of the type of public theology to which Reformed faith and
tradition could be linked. As a confessional tradition, Reformed faith is intrinsically public,
the article demonstrates. The publicity of this tradition is however ambivalent and tainted.
I attempt to show this by discussing two important tenets of the Reformed Tradition: sola
scriptura and sola fide, within the festering wounds of Black African colonialism, apartheid and
the hegemony of the neoliberal paradigm in the 21st century.
This article originated
from a presentation at
the Kopanong Conference
Centre. It was a conference
on celebrating the Reformed
tradition within the auspices
of the World Communion of
Reformed Churches on 29
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