© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden R eligion & T heology 13/3-4 (2006) Unisa Press Also available online – www.brill.nl CAN ANY PUBLIC GOOD COME FROM EVANGELICALS? THEOLOGICAL PARADIGMS AND POSSIBILITIES TOWARD A TRANSFORMING SOUTH AFRICA C lint L e B ruyns A bstract This article employs the methodological framework of Gabriel Fackre on contemporary evangelicalism to explore the discernible public import of the evangelical movement within South Africa. It argues that evangelicals are already participants in public life and can poten- tially contribute to the healing of a divided and scarred South Africa through their respective ecclesial and theological capital. 1. Introduction In his State of the Nation Address in February 2005, South African President Thabo Mbeki acknowledged the important gains that had been made during the young democratic life of South Africa, and then imme- diately shifted his focus to the future: As a consequence of the victories South Africans had registered dur- ing the ﬁ rst ten years of freedom, they have laid a ﬁ rm foundation for the new advances that must and will be made during the next decade. This foundation must help them to move even further forward towards the consolidation of national
Religion and Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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