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Theological paradigms and conservative Afrikaners

H. C.G. Robbertze
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 3 | a2439 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i3.2439 | © 1991 H. C.G. Robbertze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 1991 | Published: 10 January 1991

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H. C.G. Robbertze, Theological School Afrikaans Protestant Church, South Africa

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Papers published in the HSRC publication Paradigms and progress in theology (1988) reject foundationalistic theology and recommend a holistic theological ap proach. In this process contextual theology, which emphasises the distinctiveness of individual nations, is accused of being the ‘domination paradigm’ and is even called a heresy. This article aims to show that the holistic theological approach is also guilty of foundationalistic reasoning and intolerance. Furthermore, the need for a balanced theological paradigm for the conservative Afrikaner believer, who desires an own land for the Afrikaner nation is shown. Contextual theological reflection has not only a criticising function, but also a legitimising responsibility. The balanced contextual theological paradigm for conservative Afrikaner believers must be critical, legitimising and free of foundationalism.


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