The tears of xenophobia : preaching and violence from a South African perspective
CITATION: Nell, I. A. 2009. The tears of xenophobia : preaching and violence from a South African perspective, Practical Theology in South Africa = Praktiese Teologie in Suid-Afrika, 24(2): 229-247.
The original publication is available at http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/practheo
The wave of xenophic attacks that broke out in various places in South Africa in 2008 caught most of us unawares. In fact, we’re still struggling to come to terms with the reality that this happened in a country which is worldwide considered to be a role model of reconciliation. In this paper the underlying causes of these xenophobic attacks are examined and placed within the wider context of violence. Finally the impact of violence on the Christian faith practice of preaching is discussed, asking the question: “How do we preach within this context of violence?