n International Journal for Religious Freedom - The Church order of De Mist and the advent of religious freedom in South Africa - an important contribution to the common good in South African society
|Article Title||The Church order of De Mist and the advent of religious freedom in South Africa - an important contribution to the common good in South African society|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||113 - 125|
|Keyword(s)||Cape colony, Church Order, Common good, Constitution of South Africa, De Mist, Islam, Judaism, Reformed faith, Religious freedom, Roman Catholic Church and South Africa|
The arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape in 1652 brought the reformed faith to Southern Africa. For nearly two hundred years the government in the Cape not only protected the reformed religion, but also prohibited any other form of religion. This changed with the introduction of the Church Order of De Mist in 1804. Other Christian denominations and even other religions were then allowed. This article describes the changes that took place with the introduction of the Church Order of De Mist. It then compares the Church Order of De Mist with the current Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to illustrate that the introduction of the Church Order of De Mist was indeed the start of religious freedom in South Africa.
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