Giving an account of hope in South Africa Interpreting the Theological Declaration (1979) of the ‘Broederkring van NG Kerke

Klippies Kritzinger


This paper analyses the Theological Declaration of the Belydende Kring (1979) in view of the South African context at the time. After sketching the credibility crisis facing black ministers of the Dutch Reformed ‘family’ of churches in the late 1970s, it outlines the vision of the Belydende Kring and the threefold purpose of its Declaration: an apologia to its critics, an exercise in contextual theologising, and an engagement with the ‘fathers’ of the Reformed tradition. The paper uses a ‘praxis matrix’ to explore the performance enacted by the Declaration, in terms of its own declared intentions

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