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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versión impresa ISSN 1017-0499


BOTHA, Nico. A historical perspective on AA Boesak as organic intellectual par excellence: on social-analytical and hermeneutic mediation in theology. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.2, pp.1-17. ISSN 2412-4265.

Allan Aubrey Boesak has-over the past five years or so-been honoured from diverse perspectives by South Africans in festschrifts and journal articles, and particularly in a thesis. One would, however, look in vain for a study on his prowess as an organic intellectual. The objective of this article is to offer a historical perspective on his legacy of embodying, in an integrated fashion, the connectedness of the life of the mind and the struggles of the poor and the oppressed. His legacy is assessed in terms of the first three steps of the praxis cycle, namely insertion, context analysis, and theological reflection. The article shows that based on his rootedness in the black church, the Belydende Kring, the Alliance of Black Reformed Churches in Southern Africa and the United Democratic Front, he emerged as an organic intellectual par excellence. In accentuating his theological legacy, issues like identifying God as the God of the oppressed, human rights, and justice are highlighted. The article concludes with a brief attempt at capturing Boesak's intellectual legacy.

Palabras clave : Boesak; socio-analytical; hermeneutic; mediation; organic intellectual.

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