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The Accra Confession as a response to empire

Jerry Pillay
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a5284 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5284 | © 2018 Jerry Pillay | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2018 | Published: 19 November 2018

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Jerry Pillay, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The Accra Confession was formulated and adopted by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in Accra, Ghana, in 2004. This article traces the historical development of the Accra Confession and its continued impact on the present. It aims to show the confession as a Reformed response to ‘empire’. The article explores the content, debates and challenges the Accra Confession offers to the notion of empire.


Accra Confession; empire; World Alliance of Reformed Churches; World Communion of Reformed Churches; unity; justice; confession


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