The article is a contribution to the centennial celebration of the Faculty of Theology at the
University of Pretoria. It forms part of the section in the programme titled ‘Ethos – Critical
perspectives on our past and a gateway to our future’ and is dedicated to Yolanda Dreyer who
was the first female professor appointed in the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Pretoria. The article reflects on aspects of the present-day populist discourse in South Africa
and globally, which is enhanced by neonationalistic separatism. The following issues are
critically discussed: homophobia regarding sexual minorities, a lack of sensitivity for the
negative effects of male domination and the objection to English as the lingua franca for
teaching. These aspects are assessed against the background of the Derridean notion of
‘deconstruction’ and the contributions of the first professors employed in the Faculty of
Theology since its inception in 2017.
This article represents a paper presented at the Faculty of Theology Centenary Celebration, Conference Gateway to the Future
from a Deconstructed Past, University of Pretoria, 05–06 April 2017.
This research is part of the
project, ‘Biblical Theology
and Hermeneutics’, directed
by Prof. Dr Andries van
Aarde, Post Retirement
Professor in the Dean’s Office
at the Faculty of Theology of
the University of Pretoria.