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Bevinding en geestelike verlating op die limiete: Die historiese en teologiese kontekstualisering van die pioniersvrou Hester Venter (c1750-c1830) se Ondervindelijke Bekeeringsweg

A.W.G. Raath
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 4 | a632 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i4.632 | © 2004 A.W.G. Raath | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2004 | Published: 26 October 2004

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A.W.G. Raath, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, South Africa

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Experiential theology and spiritual desertion on the borders: The historical and theological contextualisation of the pioneer woman Hester Venter’s (c1750-c1830) Experiential Way to Conversion

Theological experience is a multi-facetted reality. In experiential theology the emphasis is on the resurrection of and communion with Christ. It is the acceptance of Christ to salvation and has both internal and external dimensions. As such it has a unique position in Reformational theology. Hester Venter’s Experiential Way to Conversion has significant value by illuminating the “Dopper”-trekboers’ puritan theology. Furthermore, it casts light on the national implications of this Reformed strand of theology at a key-phase of the “Dopper”-trekboer movement into the interior of Africa. The article argues that a contemporary value of Reformed theology is that it provides an alternative to the current growth of Eastern mysticism. Reformed pietism can serve as a legitimate theological experiment for adherents to the Reformed faith who strive to live from the faith.


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