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African witchcraft in theological perspective

I.W.C. van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a575 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.575 | © 2004 I.W.C. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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I.W.C. van Wyk, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article is a theological contribution aimed at creating an understanding of the phenomenon of witchcraft in South Africa. Witchcraft still causes major social problems in this country. The article argues that the development of a culture of human rights and the improvement of the judicial process alone will not solve this problem. Witchcraft is a too deeply rooted religious phenomenon. The phenomenon is described in its religious complexity and diversity. Witchcraft is discussed within the framework of the African theodicy.

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