Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Seeking feasible reconciliation: A transdisciplinary contextual approach to reconciliation

Christoffel H. Thesnaar
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 2 | a1364 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.1364 | © 2014 Christoffel H. Thesnaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 November 2012 | Published: 10 March 2014

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Christoffel H. Thesnaar, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


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Abstract

In South Africa scholars in the broad field of practical theology are currently faced with a daunting challenge: to rethink the reconciling role of the institutional church in the light of continued challenges facing reconciliation within post-apartheid and post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) South Africa. This contribution investigates whether the transdisciplinary, region-centred scientific research approach with a focus on the Hölderlin perspective on reconciliation could assist scholars in practical theology to address reconciliation in a post-apartheid and post-TRC society. The article proposes a contextual and constructive approach to reconciliation in order to assist South African scholars in the field of practical theology and the institutional church to address the challenges of reconciliation in a post-apartheid and post-TRC society. The contribution confirms that this approach does indeed assist the field of practical theology to contribute to reconciliation without the risk of speaking a language that nobody beyond theology can understand.

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transdisciplinary; reconciliation; post-Apartheid; post-TRC

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