Revisiting "Church and Society" after a quarter of a century - a critical reappraisal

Show simple item record Du Toit, Andrie B. (Andreas B.) 2015-03-03T08:33:45Z 2015-03-03T08:33:45Z 2014-03
dc.description Expanded version of a presentation at the Stellenbosch conference on the theme Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika en die stryd om geregtigheid: 1960-1990 onthou, 14-16 May 2012. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Apart from the more immediate catalysts for “Church and Society” such as the Reformation Day Confession, the Open Letter, the suspension of the Dutch Reformed Church from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Confession of Belhar, also the legacy of Cottesloe, the demise of “Ras, Volk en Nasie”, contributions of the Cape Synod, pressure from overseas Reformed institutions and growing internal misgivings about apartheid, should be kept in mind. Two divergent currents met in “Church and Society”, causing it to become a document of compromise. Theologically, it improved on its predecessor, but its ambivalent character subjected it to severe criticism. The most basic strategic mistake in “Church and Society” was the exclusion of the rest of the Dutch Reformed family. The Dutch Reformed Church was not yet ready to confess apartheid unreservedly as sin. Finally, it is suggested that our present situation urgently calls for a new, prophetic ecclesiastic directive, but then one coming from the Dutch Reformed family as a whole; still better: from one united Dutch Reformed Church. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Du Toit, A 2014, 'Revisiting "Church and Society" after a quarter of a century - a critical reappraisal', Dutch Reformed Theological Journal/Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 29-42. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0028-2006 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2226-2385 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University en_ZA
dc.rights 2014 © DEWAAL NEETHLING TRUST en_ZA
dc.subject Apartheid en_ZA
dc.subject Church and Society (1986) en_ZA
dc.subject Kerk en Samelewing (1986) en_ZA
dc.subject Die Belydenis van Belhar en_ZA
dc.subject Cottesloe en_ZA
dc.subject Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk en_ZA
dc.subject Die Ope Brief en_ZA
dc.subject Ras, Volk en Nasie en_ZA
dc.subject Die Hervormingsdaggetuienis en_ZA
dc.subject The Confession of Belhar en_ZA
dc.subject Dutch Reformed Church en_ZA
dc.subject The Open Letter en_ZA
dc.subject The Reformation Day Confession en_ZA
dc.title Revisiting "Church and Society" after a quarter of a century - a critical reappraisal en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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