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Calvin And Anti-Apartheid Memory In The Dutch Reformed Family Of Churches In South Africa

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This chapter acknowledges the complex and problematic discussions surrounding the relationship between Calvinism and the Afrikaner nationalism associated with apartheid. It briefly discusses the defence and the critique of the socalled "Calvinist paradigm," i.e. the view that the Afrikaner religiopolitical convictions of the mid-twentieth century have their roots in Calvinism. It focuses on the critical and constructive ideas and remarks of those theologians and church leaders who drew from the wellsprings of John Calvin's life and writings, and his complex legacy, to counter apartheid discourse and practice. It mainly focuses on the reception of Calvin in the work of some influential theologians of the Dutch Reformed family of churches who in their diverse ways challenged the reading that simply associated Calvinism with an exclusionary Afrikaner nationalism.

Keywords: Afrikaner nationalism; apartheid; calvinism; Dutch Reformed family; John Calvin



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