‘Reconciliation in the Public Domain: The South African Case’

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    Abstract

    Reconciliation shifted in South Africa during the transition from being a contested idea in the church struggle to a notion proposed and rejected by the fighting parties and finally embraced by the two main political protagonists when they reached an agreement on the transition to a democratic order. This article analyses the layered meaning of the reconciliation concept within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On the basis of this description the questions that will be explored are whether reconciliation functioned as a religious symbol at the trc, and if so, in what way. In the conclusion, the way the concept of reconciliation itself was transformed due to the role it played in the transition in South Africa will be summarized and the consequences for theological research will be indicated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)412-427
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Theology
    Volume9
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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