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Hoe Christene in Suid-Afrika by mekaar verby praat. Oor vier morele spreekwyses in die Suid-Afrikaanse kerklike konteks

D. E. de Villiers, D. J. Smit

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 15, No 2 (1994), 228-247. doi: 10.4102/ve.v15i2.1094

Submitted: 19 July 1994
Published:  19 July 1994


Are Christians in South Africa speaking at cross purposes? On four varieties of moral discourse in the context of South African churches
The thesis of the article is that the use of different types of moral discourse contributes to the misunderstanding and conflict that typify the theological and church debate on socio-political issues in South-Africa. The distinction of the well-known American ethicist James M Gustafson of four varieties of moral discourse (prophetic, narrative, ethical and policy) can he used to categorise the different types of moral discourse used in South Africa. Acknowledgement of the fact that these varieties of moral discourse are used in South Africa can contribute to better understanding of and participation in the theological and church debate on socio-political issues.

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D. E. de Villiers, , South Africa
D. J. Smit, , South Africa



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