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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 | a319 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v24i1.319 | © 2003 P Naude | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2003 | Published: 15 October 2003

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P Naude, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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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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