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Godsdiens het die politiek nodig en die politiek is weerloos daarsonder

J.H. le Roux
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 19, No 2 | a589 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v19i2.589 | © 1998 J.H. le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 1998 | Published: 08 August 1998

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J.H. le Roux, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Religion needs politics and politics is powerless without it
In 1996 Karel van der Toom published a very important book on family religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel. He introduced us to the very exciting world of ancient man and his religion. This article stresses the importance of a history of religions approach. It furthermore focusses on the close link between religion and politics. Israel's religion was moulded and shaped by socio-economic powers; it was used by statesmen to support their political endeavours. Yahweh religion is thus the result of specific social powers which formed it in a specific era in Israel's history.


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