Original Research - Special Collection: Spirituality

Reformed spirituality in action: The diary of A.D. Luckhoff as praxis

Pieter G.R. de Villiers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a1109 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1109 | © 2011 Pieter G.R. de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 June 2011 | Published: 25 October 2011

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Pieter G.R. de Villiers, University of the Free State, South Africa


This article discusses the praxis of Reformed Spirituality by investigating the diary of Reverend A.D. Luckhoff which he wrote during the Anglo-Boer War as chaplain in the infamous Bethulie concentration camp. The article locates Luckhoff and his diary in the context of Reformed Spirituality and in the study of Spirituality with special attention to their transformative actions on behalf of others and how this, in turn, affected his Spirituality. It points out the diary’s significance before it analyses the nature of Luckhoff’s Reformed Spirituality as it is evident in his pastoral activities and work ethic, his struggle for justice and dignity, and, finally, his political approach in a difficult situation. In conclusion some remarks are made about the nature of Luckhoff’s Reformed Spirituality.


spirituality; sprituality and war; reformed spirituality; spirituality and diaries; spirituality and the Anglo-Boer War; Rev. A.D. Luckhoff


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