n South African Journal of Cultural History - A Shavian comedy interpreted by a cultural liberal in Cape Town : Ramsden Balmforth on

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



From 1897 until his death in 1942, Ramsden Balmforth was a prominent figure on the cultural, political, and religious landscapes of Cape Town. In addition to his ministry at the Free Protestant (or Unitarian) church, he was deeply involved in promoting the arts and education while also working for peace and social justice. His many books included studies of drama, fiction, and music, especially that of Richard Wagner. A pacifist, or more specifically pacificist, he lauded his ideological George Bernard Shaw and included the latter's comedy in his study of 1925, . The present article reveals a high degree of agreement with Shaw's criticism in that play about Christians' hypocrisy with regard to the use of violence.

Sedert 1897 tot met sy dood in 1942, was Ramsden Balmforth 'n gesiene persoon op kulturele, politieke en godsdienstige gebied in Kaapstad. Bykomend tot sy bediening van die Vrye Protestantse Kerk (of Unitariërkerk), was hy intens gemoeid met die bevordering van die kunste en die opvoeding, terwyl hy hom ook vir vrede en maatskaplike geregtigheid beywer het. Sy talle boeke het studies van drama, fiksie en musiek ingesluit, veral dié van Richard Wagner. As 'n pasifis, het hy sy ideologiese George Bernard Shaw bewonder en Shaw se komedie, in sy studie van 1925 ingesluit, naamlik . Hierdie artikel onthul 'n hoë mate van instemming met Shaw se kritiek op daardie drama oor die skynheiligheid van Christene met betrekking tot die gebruik van geweld.

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