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A state church? : a consideration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Theological position paper on state and church’

dc.contributor.authorForster, Dion Angusen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-08T12:42:51Z
dc.date.available2016-12-08T12:42:51Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationForster, D. A. 2016. A state church? : a consideration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Theological position paper on state and church’. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 2(1):61–88, doi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n1.a04.
dc.identifier.issn2413-9467 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2413-9459 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n1.a04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99961
dc.descriptionCITATION: Forster, D. A. 2016. A state church? : a consideration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Theological position paper on state and church’. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 2(1):61–88, doi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n1.a04.
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dc.description.abstractThis article considers whether South Africa’s largest mainline Christian denomination, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, is in danger of embodying or propagating a contemporary form of ‘state theology’. The notion of state theology in the South African context gained prominence through the publication of the ‘Kairos Document’ (1985) – which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2015. State theology is deemed inappropriate and harmful to the identity and work of both the Christian church and the nation state. This article presents its consideration of whether the Methodist Church of Southern Africa is in danger of propagating ‘state theology’ in dialogue with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s important document, Theological Position Paper on State and Church. The article offers some insights into the complex relationship between the state and the church in South Africa in the apartheid and democratic eras. It further problematizes the relationship between the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the governing African National Congress by citing some concerning examples of complicit behaviour from recent history. The MCSA’s polity and doctrine on church and state relationships are also considered before some critique and warning is offered in the light of Bonhoeffer’s Theological Position Paper on State and Church.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://ojs.reformedjournals.co.za/index.php/stj/article/view/1323
dc.format.extent28 pages
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherPieter de Waal Neethling Trusten_ZA
dc.subjectBonhoeffer, Dietrich, 1906-1945en_ZA
dc.subjectChurch and stateen_ZA
dc.subjectPolitical theologyen_ZA
dc.subjectMethodismen_ZA
dc.subjectWesley, John, 1703-1791en_ZA
dc.subjectMethodist Church -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleA state church? : a consideration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Theological position paper on state and church’en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderPieter de Waal Neethling Trusten_ZA


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