Original Research - Special Collection: Yolanda Dreyer Festschrift

A public theology discourse in practice: Perspectives from the oeuvre of Yolanda Dreyer

Tanya van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4818 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4818 | © 2017 Tanya van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 September 2017 | Published: 07 November 2017

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Tanya van Wyk, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article can serve as an overview of the work of Yolanda Dreyer, or as an introduction to her work, by conversing with her as a public theologian in the tradition of Schleiermacher. The article highlights her passion to listen to the voices that are normally ignored or to hear what needs to be heard to transform discourses. It investigates the contribution of Yolanda Dreyer to public theology with regard to the newspaper columns she has been writing for more than 17 years. It compares aspects of her public theology with the theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher, which can be characterised by an internalised spirituality and a critical hermeneutic of suspicion towards the abuse of power. Gender injustice and cultural criticism are prominent themes within Dreyer’s public theology. She emphasises the vocation to speak out, but also the necessity to listen. These contributions also characterise Dreyer as a pastor-theologian.


Public; theology; Friedrich Schleiermacher, Yolanda Dreyer; gender; sexuality; power; hermeneutics; church


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