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Apologie vir die Christelike lewenswyse en etiek

I.W.C. van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 64, No 1 | a34 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v64i1.34 | © 2008 I.W.C. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2008 | Published: 14 January 2008

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I.W.C. van Wyk, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Apology for a Christian way of life and ethics

Many young Afrikaners have turned their backs on the Calvinistic churches in South Africa. Many of them have difficulty with the Christian morality. Works by “Boetman” and Koos Kombuis are analysed in order to get acquainted with present-day thinking of the critics of the Afrikaans churches. This article proposes a positive reception of the moral tradition of the Early Church. A short overview of the basic aspects of the ethics of the early church fathers and apologists is given. Whether the critics would embrace a morality of caring, remains an open question. The author is convinced that this morality is the better one. The critics are invited to rethink Christian morality and ethics.


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