Cottesloe 50 years later: Did the Dutch Reformed Church answer to the call?

J.M. Van der Merwe

Abstract


The Cottesloe consultation took place fifty years ago. The declaration after the consultation made a call to the church in South Africa to get involved in the struggle against the unjust system of Apartheid. Although the declaration was met by negative reaction from the Dutch Reformed Church, the church struggled since 1961 through various synods to answer to the call of Cottesloe. After the first answer, Human relations and the South African scene in light of scripture, was rejected, it was back to the drawing board. The final answer was eventually given at the Rustenburg conference in 1990 after several important impulses influenced the theological thinking in the church. Although the Dutch Reformed Church officially answered to the call in 1990 the challenge of Cottesloe still remains, fifty years later.

Keywords


Cottesloe; Apartheid; Church and Society; Rustenburg conference; Dutch Reformed Church confession

Full Text:

PDF EPUB


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5952/51-3-89

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.



ISSN 2226-2385 (online); ISSN 0028-2006 (print)

Powered by OJS and hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service since 2011.


Disclaimer:

This journal is hosted by the SU LIS on request of the journal owner/editor. The SU LIS takes no responsibility for the content published within this journal, and disclaim all liability arising out of the use of or inability to use the information contained herein. We assume no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any breaches of agreement with other publishers/hosts.

SUNJournals Help