This article provides a critical evaluation of the Accra Confession (WARC 2004). The misery in
various regions of the southern hemisphere poses an extreme ethical challenge for the Christian
faith; the outcry for justice should not be left unheeded. It is necessary that the causes of this
misery should be clearly described before viable strategies for overcoming it can be developed. The
Accra Confession seems to be rather one-dimensional in its evaluation of reality. The ethical charge
implied by the term ‘confession’ is of little use when dealing with complex global fi elds of action
that only rarely allow a simple equation of cause and reaction. It is not so much a ‘confession’ (or
Bekenntnis) that is needed but rather a renewed discussion among all concerned on the best ways
to achieve more justice.
Paper presented at a
meeting of the Joint
Team of the Reformed
Churches of Germany
and South Africa, held at
Germany, 26–30 May 2008.