Die impak van die gereformeerde teologie op die moderne staatkundige denke in Suid-Afrika

The impact of the Calvinist Reformed theology on the constitutional reflection in South Africa is overshadowed by the perception that Calvinist social ethics, as argued and practised in the colonial era in South Africa, was responsible for apartheid and must therefore be perceived as immoral and una...

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Published in: In die skriflig : tydskrif van die Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging Vol. 54; no. 2; pp. 1 - 9
Main Author: Vorster, Jacobus M
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
Dutch
English
Portuguese
Published: Potchefstroom AOSIS (Pty) Ltd 01-01-2020
Reformed Theological Society
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Summary: The impact of the Calvinist Reformed theology on the constitutional reflection in South Africa is overshadowed by the perception that Calvinist social ethics, as argued and practised in the colonial era in South Africa, was responsible for apartheid and must therefore be perceived as immoral and unacceptable. This research focuses once again on the political philosophy that resulted from the social-ethical reasoning of Calvin and his followers such as Althusius, Voetius, Groen van Prinsterer, Kuyper and other reformed political philosophers in the 20th century. The investigation attempts to indicate how these exponents founded and defended republicanism and fundamental human rights. The traditional idea of the Calvinist Reformation such as the political covenant, sovereignty in own sphere in bodies of authority, religious freedom and the justice of the kingdom of God, developed in the 20th century in the ethos of human rights which became apparent in the South African constitutional democracy. This constitutionalism, and not apartheid, is the real legacy of Calvinism. This pattern of reasoning should be seen as the real tradition of the Calvinist Reformation, and social ethics of this tradition should be refined and developed in order to promote constitutionalism for the benefit of emerging democracies.
ISSN: 1018-6441
2305-0853
2305-0853
DOI: 10.4102/ids.v54i2.2539