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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982


STRAUSS, Piet J.. The witness on Reformation Day, 31 October 1980, by eight Dutch Reformed Church lecturers - a call for reformation?. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2018, vol.39, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2074-7705.

Eight well-known lecturers, members of the Dutch Reformed Church, made a call on Reformation Day, 31 October 1980, for the churches in South Africa to strive for the reformation of the order of society in apartheid South Africa. They pleaded to the churches to help the cause of a new, integrated country based on love, justice and human dignity. Their witness created a climate in the Dutch Reformed Church to criticise the justification of apartheid and paved the way for the documents Church and Society of the general synods of 1986 en 1990. In 1980, the witness created a storm in the Dutch Reformed Church and unofficially announced the start of the end of apartheid in this church. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: This article concentrates on the reform of the status quo in the last years of official apartheid in South Africa. Years stretching from more or less 1980 until 1994. The question investigated is: What was meant by a reform of the existing society by the witness on Reformation Day 31 October 1980? The witness as formulated by eight specific Dutch Reformed Church lecturers? This kind of reform as well as the history of this witness in 1980 are matters for church history to investigate, but also show a side for a philosophical sociology, ethics and a contemporary history.

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