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Stellenbosch Theological Journal

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VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Henco. The Dutch Reformed Church - hermeneutics and ethics (1986-2019)?. STJ [online]. 2020, vol.6, n.3, pp.79-109. ISSN 2413-9467.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2020.v6n1.a02.

In this article I ask about the relation between hermeneutics and ethics in the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) from 1986-2019. The article, more specifically, asks about the relation between hermeneutics and homosexuality. For the DRC, homosexuality has been the most critical ethical theme since 1986. The article's main concern is with the reports of the Algemene Sinode (General Synod) on the Bible, on the one hand, and homosexuality, on the other. The article, therefore, especially focusses on the two reports on homosexuality of the AS of 2007. It is within these two reports that one finds at least some of the definitive hermeneutical differences within the Dutch Reformed Church.

Keywords : Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk; Bybel; hermeneutiek; etiek; homoseksualiteit; selfdegeslagverho udings.

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