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South Africa: The early quest for liberty and democracy

Wim A. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2873 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2873 | © 2015 Wim A. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 2014 | Published: 04 August 2015


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Abstract

The early quest for liberty and political freedom in South Africa had been influenced by various factors, inter alia political sentiments which originated in Reformed, Huguenot and Patriotten political theory. An analysis of early political ideas indicates that religious sentiments had a significant influence on the development of political ideas. These sentiments and ideas all contributed to a passionate search for freedom, justice and democracy. The different strata of religious and political ideas manifest in a continuous and discontinuous way, giving the impression of fragmented and contorted ideas, but still recognisable in terms of their origins. This contribution is an attempt to identify some of the fragmented and contorted strata of ideas which influenced the early quest for political freedom and the rejection of British colonial rule in South Africa.


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Calvinistic political theory; Liberty; Democracy; Early Period

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