Searching for the hidden story in Ben Marais' theology SA ePublications

  • Hans S.A. Engdahl Department of Religion and Theology University of the Western Cape


BJ Marais' theology is seemingly mainline Protestant with a focus on the New Testament and the Christ event. However, not least a close reading of his unpublished dissertation on the early church and his other major writings reveals apophatic tendencies. He continuously drew inspiration from the early church as well as from the ecumenical movement (World Council of Churches), while the South African church and his people remained a major concern. Here three stories are reflected : The Christ event, the sad and unresolved South African story and the hidden story of how the early church handled slavery. Tensions between these stories are never resolved. In addition he remains undecided on a number of theological issues.