FROM PLURALISM TO IDEOLOGY: THE ROOTS OF APARTHEID THEOLOGY IN ABRAHAM KUYPER, GUSTAV WARNECK AND THEOLOGICAL PIETISM

Piet Naude

Abstract


This paper explains how a “theology of apartheid” was constructed in the first half
of the twentieth century in SA from a combination of three nineteenth century
European theological currents: The neo-Calvinism of Kuyper, the missiological
thinking of Warneck, and Pietism. In this way the celebration of plurality – so
evident in postmodern theologies – turned into a debilitating, exclusivist ideology
that was ultimately dismantled by the witness of the Confession of Belhar in 1982

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/88-0-1002

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