Afrikaner socio-theological discourse in the early twentieth century : war and mission in J.F. Naude and J. Du Plessis

Muller, Retief (2014-11)

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Muller, R. 2014. Afrikaner socio-theological discourse in the early twentieth century: War and mission in J.F. Naudé and J. du Plessis. Historia, 59(2): 309-325.

Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.


Wars and their subsequent interpretations have shaped twentieth century Afrikaner public discourse profoundly. The remembered trauma, particularly of the Anglo-Boer War might have been a contributing factor to the late survival of white supremacy in South Africa, and Afrikaner doctrines of separateness and apartheid.1 With this view in mind, here I shall present a close reading of a couple of interesting early twentieth-century Afrikaner Christian leaders concerning their experiences and thought relating to war, volk, and religiosity.

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