Maintaining Apartheid or Promoting Change?
The role of the Dutch Reformed Church in a phase of increasing conflict in South Africa
2004, Religion and Society in Transition, Band 5, 330 pages, E-Book (PDF), CD-ROM, 26,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-6327-1
The contributions of this book offer sharp and differentiated analyses of the church-state-relationship in the last phase of Apartheid, considering main-stream developments as well as efforts of individuals or groups less centrally placed, though not necessarily less significantly involved. Although the overwhelmingly supportive role of the DRC for the government is not denied, this book sheds light on different actions and reactions of various groups within the DRC in the general pursuit of change in society. The perspectives highlighted here illustrate the ambivalent role of a church that was brought into flux through having aligned itself to a 'worldly power' that was losing this power as well as credibility and claims to righteousness.