The Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria is celebrating its centenary during 2017.
Since its inception in 1917, the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (by agreement)
appointed lecturers in the Faculty and more than a thousand ministers of the Hervormde Kerk
received their theological education at the University of Pretoria. As such, the centenary of the
Faculty is also a celebration of hundred years of ‘Hervormde theology’. This contribution
reflects on two publications (by M.J. Goddefroy and P.J .Muller, respectively) which appeared
in 1890 and 1908, firstly to give an overview of the prehistory of the establishment of the
Faculty of Theology and secondly to illustrate the diverse origins and nature of Hervormde
theology as reflected in the publications of Goddefroy and Muller.
This research is part of the
project, ‘History of the
van die Afrikaanse kerke,
directed by Dr W. Dreyer,
Department of Church History
and Church Polity, Faculty
of Theology, University