FACING UP AND THINKING THROUGH REFLECTING ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION When the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was pre- sented in October 1998 to the then president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, the issue at stake, namely how to deal with the tumultuous and painful past and how to rebuild a new nation was not suddenly dealt with and put behind us. For many years to come South Africans will be engaged in grappling with the issues raised. On a practical level, religious leaders will be called upon to give guidance to their publics in restoring the moral fabric of society and to facilitate healing in the context of rebuilding disrupted lives. For aca- demics the challenge will be to reflect on the process of rebuilding the New South Africa, to reflect on the language used to create and evoke new values, to evaluate the new social creation and to generate a vigorous debate on such an important and vital issue as the creation of a moral society from the ashes of an oppressive apartheid era. After all, the New South Africa is still in the process of being bom. It is our collective effort that
Religion and Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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