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Het die kerk 'n politieke verantwoordelikheid? Oor die noodwendigheid en grense van die twee-ryke-Ieer

I. W.C van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 52, No 4 | a1563 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v52i4.1563 | © 1996 I. W.C van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 1996 | Published: 13 December 1996

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I. W.C van Wyk, Hervonnde Toologiese Opleiding Tydelik-deeltydse dosent: Departement Dogmatiek en Christelike Etiek (Afd A) Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Does the church have a political responsibility? On the necessity and boundaries of the theory of the two kingdoms. The question is asked whether the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika has a political responsibility in the new South Africa? It is often heard that the church has no political responsibility - especially in the new circumstances. In defending this  viewpoint, theologians in South Africa argue that they are in line with Luther's theory of the two kingdoms. This article shows that the theory of the two kingdoms is not a unique Lutheran, but also a Calvinist interest. It is further shown that this theory is not only concerned with separating the two kingdoms, but also with bringing these kingdoms into relationship with one another. A plea is made for loyalty towards both the Lutheran and Calvinist traditions. Attention is also given to three new challenges namely democracy, pluralism and Africanisation.


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