Shared Stories for the Future? Theological Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

in Journal of Reformed Theology
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Abstract

For South Africa, both the 20th and 21st centuries began with facing a painful past while searching for a shared future: the experiences of the war (1899-1902) between the colonial British Empire and the two Boer Republics, and the legacy of official apartheid (1948-1990), respectively. According to many, these histories are deeply inter-related in that the sufferings which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission faced were partly caused by the inadequate handling of the sufferings of the war. From a Christian perspective, focusing on stories of women, the essay considers three such issues; namely, questions of truth and suffering, guilt and responsibility, and reconciliation and justice—while reflecting on the tension between forgiving and forgetting.

Shared Stories for the Future? Theological Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

in Journal of Reformed Theology

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