oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - A rainbow over the laager. The Dutch Reformed Church crossing the apartheid boundary

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The story is told of a specific, traumatic stage of a journey in the lives of a specific South African ethnic group of people called the Afrikaners. In order to cross racial boundaries to defeat the apartheid ideology, the central myth around which the ideology was built needs to be unmasked and rejected. In South Africa apartheid was dismantled by many factors and forces. None, however, contributed more to the Afrikaner community realising the extent to which a false myth had degraded their identity and had held them captive, than the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The centralising and decentralising movements in the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the way in which the latter led to the crossing of the apartheid boundary, are discussed. The role of congregations in the crossing of these boundaries is outlined and illustrated with examples from the DRC.

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