Theology and the building of civilizing democracy in South Africa

Koopman, Nico (2014)

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Koopman, N.N. 2014. Theology and the building of civilizing democracy in South Africa. Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, 55(3-4): 625-639, doi:10.5952/55-3-4-657.

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This paper discusses the contribution of theology to the building of a civilizing democracy, i.e. a democratic society where a life of justice to all is advanced. A society is only “civilized” where justice to especially the most vulnerable is advanced. Justice rests in dignity and co-exists with equality and equity, as well as with freedom. Theology makes a threefold contribution towards a society of justice. Theology reveals the deeper meaning-giving framework, and forces of social cohesion and moral living without which a liberal democracy cannot flourish. Theology offers richer descriptions of notions like justice, which advance the implementation and fulfilment of these features. Theology makes a contribution towards the mobilization of an activist civil society and citizenship in search of a civilizing society of justice.

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