Since we are a meeting of mixed language origins, it may be of real importance to clarify our terminology. In addition to the word reconciliation, which denotes the restored relationship between striving factions, thus appeasement, several other words function on more or less the same level in, religious speech. Expiation signifies the paying of a penalty, the tpaking of amends, whereby the relationship is restored. Atonement deals, with the unification of striving factions by making amends for whatever caused the trouble. All three these words are represented in Afrikaans by the word ""versoening"".
In this paper I intend analysing in broad terms the two books under consideration as examples of two distinct types of theological response to the social changes of our time. The purpose I have in mind is to draw the attention to the complex relationshiv between theology and the social environment in which it is done. This is a limited purpose. I do not wish to offer a comprehensive theological critique of the theologies or the social ethics of the two authors involved, or to evaluate the Christian or religious quality of their respective books.