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History reconstruction: Third century parallels to 20th century South African Church 'History Origen Adamantinus

P.J. Maritz
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 18, No 2 | a564 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v18i2.564 | © 1997 P.J. Maritz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 July 1997 | Published: 04 July 1997

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Abstract

History reconstruction: Third century parallels to 20th century South African Church History - Origen Adamantinus. In this paper a possible third century contribution to Church History reconstruction is considered. This is employed as an example for South African church historians who are dedicated to history interpretation, whether it be from the perspective of: acceptance on face value; justification; verification; criticism or renunciation of twentieth century historical events and the WG)'S in which they have influenced the prophetic task of the church in South Africa. To this end, a parallel is drawn between third century Origen and a few South African church figures from the twentieth century, which will highlight the church's continuing prophetic ministry.

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