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Gerald John Pillay’s prophetic role in the South African and New Zealand contexts

Johannes W. Hofmeyr
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 1 | a5395 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i1.5395 | © 2019 Johannes Wynand Hofmeyr | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 January 2019 | Published: 25 July 2019

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Johannes W. Hofmeyr, Department of Historical Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Abstract

In this article, the question in focus is the church and Christianity’s prophetic responsibility towards society, and how in the specific case of the South African-born theologian Gerald John Pillay, his prophetic voice should be characterised. The question is addressed as to whether he was an activist at the barricades or a soft-spoken intellectual in his views on society. After a brief discussion on his bio, the focus is on the phenomenon of being a prophet towards society. Then, the focus, largely based on a literature study, moves to Pillay’s perspectives on the South African and New Zealand contexts, and then a discussion of some of Pillay’s writings on being a prophetic voice follows. Finally, in the conclusion, his specific style and model of being a prophetic voice are analysed.


Keywords

Gerald Pillay; Role of a prophet; South Africa; New Zealand; Michel Welker; Albert Luthuli; Social justice

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