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Die Ned Geref Kerk as vredemaker?

A. van Niekerk

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 19, No 2 (1998), . doi: 10.4102/ve.v19i2.598

Submitted: 08 August 1998
Published:  08 August 1998


The Dutch Reformed Church as peace maker?
The Dutch Refonned Church must find it's role and identity in the coming century in a new context, without the power that came from the church's alliance with dominant Afrikaner nationalism. One role could be to become a peacemaker, if peace is seen in the Biblical sense of a right and just relationship with God, with people, and with creation, based on the eschatological work of Christ. So have any legitimacy, such relationships would have to become visible in the concrete lives of the church and her members. The Biblical basis for peace is contrasted with other possible bases for peaceful coexistence, such as the modem, enlightened idea that all people share a common rationality, or the idea of Ubuntu as general goodwill for all.

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A. van Niekerk, University of Pretoria



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