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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.32 no.1 Pretoria  2011

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v32i1.503 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Het kerke 'n publieke rol in 'n pluralistiese Suid-Afrika?

 

Churches' public role in a pluralistic South Africa

 

 

Willem Fourie

Department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

South Africa's diversity provides significant challenges to public involvement by churches. In some circles it is even believed that this diversity disqualifies churches from any form of public involvement. This diversity is protected by a liberal constitution and nurturing it is one of the explicit aims of the South African consolidating democracy. The German theologians Michael Welker and Wolfgang Huber typify the diversity of democratic societies as 'pluralism'. In this article, both theologians' conceptualisation of 'pluralism' was considered and used to set conditions for the South African churches' public involvement.


 

 

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Correspondence:
Willem Fourie
Private Bag X20, Hatfield
Pretoria 0028
South Africa
Email: willem.fourie@up.ac.za

Received: 17 Feb. 2011
Accepted: 14 Apr. 2011
Published: 28 July 2011

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