`THE VOCATION OF REFORMED ETHICIST IN THE PRESENT SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY

Etienne de Villiers

Abstract


The central Reformed conviction that Christians are called by God to contribute to
the transformation of society has, within a very short time span, lost much of its
previous legitimacy in the South African society. In the article the factors that
contributed to this loss of legitimacy are analysed. The argument is developed that
the legitimacy of this Reformed conviction can only be restored by reconstructing
the traditional transformation approach and by developing a more inclusive version
that suits the contemporary context. One may say that contributing to the
development and the implementation of such an inclusive transformation approach
is the most important part of the vocation of Reformed ethicist in the present South
African society. It entails contributing to the development of an adequate, contemporary
Christian social ethics, the formulation of a Christian vision of a good
society in South Africa based on a strong Christian consensus and the effective
translation and promulgation of this Christian vision in broader society.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/89-0-1035

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