The evangelical church, as a whole, failed the test of apartheid. These failures to stand up against the injustices of the apartheid state were widely acknowledged by evangelicals during the TRC. What was most significant in its absence from these submissions before the TRC was any sustained reflection on the role in which evangelical theology might have played in their failure to engage prophetically with the apartheid regime.
In this seminar, John Scheepers in discussion with Jeremy Koeries investigates the role which evangelical theology, and in particular their paradigm of the mission, played in the evangelical failure to engage prophetically with the injustices of the apartheid regime. If the primary failure of evangelicals during apartheid was not lack of courage or deception by the state propaganda of the day (though no doubt those factors did play a role) but theological; and if that theological failure has not been acknowledged do evangelicals run the risk of continuing to propagate a theology which, at least unintentionally, promotes injustice. The evangelical church’s response to Fees Must Fall significantly displayed many similar themes to their response to apartheid.
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You are the Creator of these people, in this, your world; you are the Creator of me, in this, your world.
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Brackenfell wat wil jy my vertel?
Vertel van die stryd
Oor ‘n aand
Wat min anders was as laas Saterdag aand
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Met min mense wat staar,
Want ons almal lyk en klink soos mekaar.