Original Research - Special Collection: Public Discourse

Is prophetic witness the appropriate mode of Christian participation in public discourse in the Netherlands?

Gerrit G. de Kruijf
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a781 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.781 | © 2010 Gerrit G. de Kruijf | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 December 2009 | Published: 08 October 2010

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Gerrit G. de Kruijf, Protestant Theological University University of Pretoria, Netherlands


Dutch Protestantism is characterised by a hidden tension between a theocratic tradition and the endorsement of democracy. In this article it is argued that the idea of prophetic witness has its roots in the theocratic tradition, and that it is not compatible with the endorsement of democracy.


prophecy; democracy; theocracy; christianity; christian discourse


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