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The Reformed tradition as public theology

Vuyani S. Vellem
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1371 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1371 | © 2013 Vuyani S. Vellem | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 December 2012 | Published: 03 May 2013

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Vuyani S. Vellem, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is a South African perspective of a Black African reflection on the publicity of Reformed faith. Whilst the notion of public theology is fairly new, the article argues, it is important to define the ‘public’ of the type of public theology to which Reformed faith and tradition could be linked. As a confessional tradition, Reformed faith is intrinsically public, the article demonstrates. The publicity of this tradition is however ambivalent and tainted. I attempt to show this by discussing two important tenets of the Reformed Tradition: sola scriptura and sola fide, within the festering wounds of Black African colonialism, apartheid and the hegemony of the neoliberal paradigm in the 21st century.

Keywords

apartheid; faith; Reformed Tradition; theocracy

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