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n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - The responsibility of the state and the calling of the church in the South African context of crime and violence - a theological investigation : research article

Volume 70, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
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Abstract


Hierdie artikel ondersoek nie net die ingewikkelde verhouding tussen kerk en staat nie, maar ook die algemene en besondere verantwoordelikhede van die staat ten opsigte van misdaad en geweld. Aandag word ook gegee aan die roeping en taak van die kerk in hierdie verband. Die verontrustende gevolgtrekking word gemaak dat die morele situasie in Suid-Afrika 'n ontstellende punt bereik het en dat die staat en kerk - elk op sy eie wyse - die uitdaging met groot dringendheid moet aanpak. Aan die een kant moet misdaad en geweld teruggebring word tot "normale" vlakke, terwyl Suid-Afrika aan die ander kant 'n dringende behoefte het aan 'n nuwe morele oriëntasie en kultuur van respek vir menslike lewe en die besittings van ander.

This article investigates not only the complex relation between church and state, but also the general and particular responsibilities of the state towards crime and violence. In this regard attention is also paid to the calling and task of the church. The conclusion arrived at is rather alarming in that the moral situation in South Africa has reached a nadir such that the state and the church - each in its own way - has to broach the challenge with great urgency. On the one hand crime and violence should be brought back to "normal" proportions, while on the other hand, South Africa is in desperate need of a new moral orientation and a new culture of respect for human life and the possessions of others.

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