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Stellenbosch Theological Journal

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DREYER, Jaco. Difficult tolerance: A Ricoeurian account and some practical theological reflections. STJ [online]. 2018, vol.4, n.2, pp.33-54. ISSN 2413-9467.

The aim of this article is to present Ricoeur's view on tolerance, and to reflect on some implications of his view for practical theology in South Africa. I start with a very brief introduction of tolerance as a key principle of liberal democracy and refer to the political use of tolerance in the transition to a democratic South Africa. After clarifying the aims and location of this article, I present Ricoeur's view on tolerance as an ongoing and challenging task for a capable subject. The last section is a brief reflection on some implications of Ricoeur's view of difficult tolerance for practical theology as an academic discipline in (South) Africa. "Tolerance is a tricky subject: too easy or too difficult" (Ricoeur 1996b:1)

Keywords : Tolerance; practical theology; political transition; democratic.

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