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The theological coherence between the Belhar confession and some antecedent church witnesses in the period 1948- 1982

P Naude

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 24, No 1 (2003), 156-179. doi: 10.4102/ve.v24i1.319

Submitted: 15 October 2003
Published:  15 October 2003


This article explores the historical and theological relation between the Confession of Belhar (1982) and some significant antecedent church witnesses from 1948 onward. After identifying these witnesses, a coherence is sought in the confessional interpretation of the SA situation, and core theological themes linked to ecclesiology, Christology and anthropology that  served  as  basis  for  the vision of an alternative society. Although Belhar is no “summary” of these witnesses, an interpretation of the confession  is enhanced by reading it against the ecumenical history of the time. 

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P Naude, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa



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