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Kan die NG Kerk nog ‘n konstruktiewe rol in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing speel?

D E de Villiers
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 29, No 2 | a20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v29i2.20 | © 2008 D E de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 May 2008 | Published: 17 November 2008

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D E de Villiers, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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The question in the heading is dealt with in the article by splitting it up in three sub-questions: 1. Does the South African society has need for what the DRC can offer? 2. Does the DRC still have the room and opportunity to play a constructive role in our society? and 3. Are the DRC and its members willing and prepared to play such a constructive role in our society? The article arrives at the conclusion that there is indeed need in the South African society for the type of service that the DRC and its high percentage of well-educated, creative and affluent members can provide. Although the opportunity for providing such service has been restricted as a result of the loss of influence on the government and the separation of church and state in the new political dispensation, considerable scope still remains. There is unfortunately an unwillingness among many members to utilise the remaining opportunities for playing a constructive public role, on account of their negative assessment of developments in the new political dispensation and a resulting inward directed spirituality. The DRC would only be able to realise its full potential for playing such a role if a change of heart takes place and the inward directed spirituality is replaced with an outward directed spirituality based on the belief in the centrality of the Kingdom of God in the ministry of the church.


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