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A theological response to collective trauma in South Africa

In die Skriflig

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Title A theological response to collective trauma in South Africa
Creator Dreyer, Willem A.
Subject Historical Theology; History of South Africa Apartheid; Barth; Calvin; Christian Institute; Collective trauma; Colonialism; Cottesloe Conference; Crime statistics in South Africa; Public Theology; Reformed Theology
Description This contribution in the field of public theology explores two questions: (1) Could South Africa be regarded as a traumatised society, presenting with acute symptoms of post-traumatic disorder and (2) what would be an appropriate theological response to a traumatised society? These questions became even more acute with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic during 2020. Historical events and current statistical data relevant to the first question are presented, which could indicate that South Africa might indeed be regarded as a highly traumatised society. The second question is discussed from the perspective of reformed theology. This limits the research focus, based on the assumption that all theology and all churches respond in a particular way to traumatic events and the effects of individual and collective trauma.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-12-21
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Historical Inquiry
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ids.v54i1.2578
Source In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi; Vol 54, No 1 (2020); 7 pages 2305-0853 1018-6441
Language eng
Coverage South Africa 21st century na
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Willem A. Dreyer