© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157430108X308154 Religion & Th eology 15 (2008) 53–73 www.brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology Restorative Justice as a Key for Healing Communities Christo Th esnaar Department of Practical Th eology, Faculty of Th eology, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, Republic of South Africa email@example.com Abstract South Africa is indeed a country of many contrasts, of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. All South Africans were deeply aﬀected by apartheid and this had a huge eﬀect on how communities (including both oﬀenders and victims) on all levels took shape: where they lived, the quality of their housing and neighbourhoods, the resources they had or did not have at their disposal, what schools their children attended, what opportunities they had for economic gain and how they were emotionally aﬀected by the policies of apartheid. Th is article speciﬁcally intends to argue that communities should deal in a positive and urgent way with the divide caused by the past so that victims and oﬀenders do not stay victims and oﬀenders but are assisted to move on in their life journey towards healing and wholeness. Th e author believes that the key for reaching this
Religion and Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION; CHRISTIAN CHURCH; RECONCILIATION; RESTORATIVE JUSTICE; RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE
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