Seeking feasible reconciliation : a transdisciplinary contextual approach to reconciliation

Thesnaar, C. H. (2014-03)

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Thesnaar, C.H. 2014. Seeking feasible reconciliation: a transdisciplinary contextual approach to reconciliation. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(2): 1-8, doi:10.4102/hts.v70i2.1364.

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In South Africa scholars in the broad field of practical theology are currently faced with a daunting challenge: to rethink the reconciling role of the institutional church in the light of continued challenges facing reconciliation within post-apartheid and post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) South Africa. This contribution investigates whether the transdisciplinary, region-centred scientific research approach with a focus on the Hölderlin perspective on reconciliation could assist scholars in practical theology to address reconciliation in a post-apartheid and post-TRC society. The article proposes a contextual and constructive approach to reconciliation in order to assist South African scholars in the field of practical theology and the institutional church to address the challenges of reconciliation in a postapartheid and post-TRC society. The contribution confirms that this approach does indeed assist the field of practical theology to contribute to reconciliation without the risk of speaking a language that nobody beyond theology can understand.

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