Original Research - Special Collection: 100 Jaar Hervormde Teologie

Hervormde voetspore op die Tukkie-kampus: ’n Kroniek van die eerste 50 jaar

André G. Ungerer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 1 | a3835 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i1.3835 | © 2017 André G. Ungerer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 August 2016 | Published: 31 July 2017

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André G. Ungerer, Reformed Theological College, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

In 2017 the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) celebrates its centenary of theological education at the University of Pretoria (UP). In this article the focus is on the build-up to setting up the first 50 years 1917– 1967 at UP. From as early as 1909 there was a yearning for our own theological seminary; however, some of the church leaders expressed their desire for theological education at a university. At the dawn of 1916 everything was in place for the NHKA and the Presbyterian Church of South Africa, as the first two partners, to start a faculty of theology at the Transvaal University College (TUC). On 01 April 1917 the Faculty of Theology commenced its work with prof. J.H.J.A. Greyvenstein of the NHKA and prof. E. MacMillan from the Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian link with the faculty was broken in 1933. From 1938 the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK) joined the NHKA and two independent sections were established: Section A for the NHKA and Section B for the NGK. There was a steady growth in the number of students and professors and on 13 June 1967 the NHKA filled its sixth professorship in the person of prof. I.J. de Wet. This era was also characterised by a lot of political tension in the heyday of the policy of apartheid. The NHKA was known for Article III in its constitution that propagates that church membership was for whites only. The NHKA support of the policy of apartheid was the cause of a dispute between the Church and prof. A.S. Geyser. In the end the matter was settled in favour of Geyser. There was also a dispute between professors A.G. Geyser and A.D. Pont that ended up in court in 1967. Pont was accused of defamation against Geyser. The court ruled against Pont and Geyser was granted the largest amount of compensation up till then.

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Theological education; Faculty of Theology; Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika; Hervormde Kerk; University of Pretoria; Transvaal University College; AS Geyser

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