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Title:White brothers-black strangers: Dutch Calvinist churches and apartheid in South-Africa
Author:Meijers, EricaISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Exchange: Bulletin of Third World Christian Literature
Volume:38
Issue:4
Pages:365-380
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Netherlands
Subjects:Calvinist churches
attitudes
apartheid
1950-1959
1960-1969
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/016627409X12474551163691
Abstract:After apartheid was abolished in 1994, fierce discussions within the Dutch churches on the theme of apartheid were quickly forgotten. However, lessons could still be learned from this important chapter of church history. The author argues that the debates during the 1970s and 1980s have their roots in the changes which the churches underwent in the 1950s and 1960s. Apartheid confronted Protestant churches with their own images of black and white, their role in the colonial era and their view of the role of the church in society. All this led to a decreasing solidarity with the Afrikaners and a growing focus on black reality in South Africa. White brothers became strangers and black strangers became allies. This is in essence the transformation of attitude which both the Netherlands Reformed Church and the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands underwent between 1948 and 1972. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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