‘WE CANNOT JUST CONTINUE AS IF NOTHING HAS HAPPENED BETWEEN US’ SOLA GRATIA AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Piet Naude

Abstract


This article offers a Biblical and Reformed theological perspective on the unfinished
work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 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/10.7833/82-0-904

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