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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.36  suppl.1 Pretoria Jul. 2010


Celebrating communal authorship: The Theological Declaration of the Belydende Kring (1979) and the Belhar Confession



Klippies Kritzinger

Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa




A Reformed Confession of faith represents the voice of a church as community of faith, and yet individual authors play a role in its formation. This article demonstrates that the Theological Declaration of the Belydende Kring (1979) had a formative effect on the Belhar Confession, which was drafted in 1982. The article analyses the similarities and differences between the two documents and concludes that "communal authorship" is the most appropriate term to describe the process that led to the formulation of the Belhar Confession.



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In honour of Simon Maimela and in memory of Chris Loff
1 I acknowledge the insightful comments from colleagues who read a draft of this paper: Revv. RW Nel, S Rieke-Kochsiek and LJ Bookholane.

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