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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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TSHAKA, Rothney S. The significance of Karl Barth's theology for the Belhar Confession: An analysis of theology of German origin in South Africa during the apartheid epoch. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2015, vol.41, n.1, pp.185-199. ISSN 2412-4265.

Academic theology in South Africa was influenced extensively by theology of German origin. This article probes the relationship between theologies that originated in Europe. While there are many perspectives that could be cited to credit apartheid theology for having originated in Europe and in Germany in particular, this article confines itself to a theological influence which challenged apartheid as a sin and a heresy. It looks especially at the influence of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth, who at the time of his critical theological contribution was doing his theology in Germany. The article then refers to the influence of Barmen theology in the origin of the Belhar Confession. A few current challenges are also laid out to conclude.

Palavras-chave : Karl Barth; Barmen Declaration; Belhar Confession; apartheid; Germany; South Africa.

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