HUMAN DIGNITY IN THE THEOLOGICAL DISCOURSE AGAINST APARTHEID IN THE DUTCH REFORMED FAMILY

J Christoff Pauw

Abstract



The purpose of this article is to investigate the explicit and implicit use of the concept
�human dignity� in the theological discourse against apartheid in the Dutch Reformed
family of churches. Specifically its use during the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church in
Africa in 1975, within the Broederkring and during the Synods of the Dutch Reformed
Mission Church in 1978 and 1982 is investigated. It is argued that the term �human dignity�
was consistently formulated from a specifically Christological point of view and can be
distinguished from its use in more general human rights discourses of the twentieth century.

Keywords


Apartheid, Dutch Reformed Churches, Church Struggle, Broederkring, Belhar

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/104-0-188

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