Being the Church for Others: A critical analysis of John W. de Gruchy’s contextual ecclesiology of engagement

FieldValue
dc.contributor.authorMenard, Wayne
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T14:37:40Z
dc.date.available2016-05-04T14:37:40Z
dc.date.issued2016-05-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/34609
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-779
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the contextual theology of John W. de Gruchy whose critique of the Dutch Reformed Church’s (DRC) iteration of a Reformed theology in support of apartheid, provided a theological cantus firmus for the church struggle against apartheid. There are two questions that guide this thesis. The first question I ask is, ‘Why, in 1986, did the Dutch Reformed Church recant its pro-apartheid stance which it had maintained, both officially and unofficially for one hundred and thirty-nine years?’ The second question concerns John W. de Gruchy in his capacity as a leading theologian in the Christian church and as a representative of the Reformed tradition in South Africa. I ask, ‘What was his role in the dismantling of the social experiment called apartheid?’ Drawing upon de Gruchy’s theological literature, written over the past fifty years, an argument is crafted suggesting that, by answering the second question, we also answer the first. To this end, a brief account of the Afrikaner rise to political and theological dominance in South Africa is provided with a view to establishing the social, political and economic context.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité Saint-Paul / Saint Paul University
dc.subjectde Gruchy
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.subjectapartheid
dc.subjecttheology
dc.subjectReformed theology
dc.subjectliberation theology
dc.subjectcontextual theology
dc.titleBeing the Church for Others: A critical analysis of John W. de Gruchy’s contextual ecclesiology of engagement
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.supervisorEaton, Heather
thesis.degree.namePhD
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplineThéologie / Theology
CollectionThèses Saint-Paul // Saint Paul Theses

Files
Menard_Wayne_2016.pdf772.7 kBAdobe PDFOpen