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The Life and Work of the anti-apartheid movement within the Church of Scotland from 1975 to 1985

Justin W. Taylor, Graham A. Duncan
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a4864 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.4864 | © 2018 Justin W. Taylor, Graham A. Duncan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 2017 | Published: 26 September 2018

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Justin W. Taylor, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Graham A. Duncan, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article analyses the impact of the Church of Scotland (CoS) magazine Life and Work on the Dutch Reformed Church and other individuals and bodies during the period 1975–1985. It does this through investigating the editor’s approach to South African affairs and the nature of contributions that he published. Significantly different views were expressed by those who had lengthy exposure to the South African context as missionaries of the CoS and ‘tourists’ (holiday makers, relatives of residents in South Africa and church visitors). As the period progressed, changing attitudes are discerned that came more and more into line with the anti-apartheid stance of the General Assembly expressed through its boards and committees.

Keywords

Allan Boesak; Apartheid; Graeme Brown; Church of Scotland; Dutch Reformed Church; Life and Work; RD Kernohan; TF Torrance

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