© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156973109X450000 Religion & Th eology 16 (2009) 53–66 brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology Identity, Unity and Historiography: Th e Piketberg Ecclesial Narrative Revisted Elize R. Julius Faculty of Th eology, University of Stellenbosch 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, 7600, Republic of South Africa firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Th e aim of this essay is to develop a critical assessment of the history of the family of Dutch Reformed churches in Piketberg. Th e purpose of this is to determine a more adequate theological framework for the deconstruction of the traditional ecclesiological and socio-cultural anthro- pologies as a ﬁ rst step in the process of establishing sound ecclesiological and socio-cultural relations in the ongoing process of being church. Within this ecclesiological exploration, the focus will be on the schism within the once one Reformed congregation of Piketberg into three separate congregations and speciﬁ cally on the unique understandings of the reasons for the divide along racial lines. Th e emphasis for this study is on the theological accountability of the church and all her members, with a speciﬁ c emphasis on theological identity within the Reformed church in South Africa. Th e case study will thus
Religion and Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: DUTCH REFORMED MISSION CHURCH; CHURCH UNITY; PIKETBERG; DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH; RACIAL DIVISIONS; AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH; UNITED REFORMING CHURCH
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