Original Research - Special Collection: Yolanda Dreyer Festschrift

Theologia and the ideologia of language, nation and gender – Gateway to the future from a deconstructed past

Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4614 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4614 | © 2017 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 April 2017 | Published: 25 July 2017

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Andries G. van Aarde, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The article is a contribution to the centennial celebration of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria. It forms part of the section in the programme titled ‘Ethos – Critical perspectives on our past and a gateway to our future’ and is dedicated to Yolanda Dreyer who was the first female professor appointed in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria. The article reflects on aspects of the present-day populist discourse in South Africa and globally, which is enhanced by neonationalistic separatism. The following issues are critically discussed: homophobia regarding sexual minorities, a lack of sensitivity for the negative effects of male domination and the objection to English as the lingua franca for teaching. These aspects are assessed against the background of the Derridean notion of ‘deconstruction’ and the contributions of the first professors employed in the Faculty of Theology since its inception in 2017.

Keywords

populism; nationalism; gender; sexuality; race; language; ecclesial discourse

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