‘We cannot just continue as if nothing has happened between us’ SOLA GRATIA AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Piet Naudé

Abstract


This paper is a Biblical and Reformed theological perspective on the unfinished
work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in South Africa. It argues
that we as South Africans should deal with our past through a theologically
motivated restorative justice in order to resist both cheap reconciliation and a
politically expedient selective and judgemental memory. This theological motivation
is found in select Biblical traditions and the core conviction of the Reformed faith
about the relation between grace and works. Practical suggestions about how to
complete the unfinished task of the TRC are made in the end with reference to moral
and material compensation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/84-0-870

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