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Kairos, Crisis, and Global ApartheidThat Which Avails Much: Kairos, Public Prayer, and Political Piety

Kairos, Crisis, and Global Apartheid: That Which Avails Much: Kairos, Public Prayer, and... [This chapter contains the text of the open letter I wrote in 2001 to Prof. Kader Asmal, then Minister of Education in the Cabinet of President Thabo Mbeki. So a word about context might be in order. I have found the open letter a very efficacious form of getting a point across, especially for an audience outside the church or one’s own congregation where a sermon might have served the same purpose and the issue is one that concerns society as a whole. I have used it before, when in 1979 I wrote such an open letter to the then Minister of Justice in the cabinet of President P. W. Botha, Alwyn Schlebusch, responding to his threats to the churches of the South African Council of Churches who, having passed a number of resolutions regarding civil disobedience had put themselves on a direct collision course with the apartheid regime. The minister was also responding to my call, at the same conference, on the churches not only to support individual acts of civil disobedience, but also public acts of mass protest; to challenge not just individual draconian laws, but the whole system of apartheid as inherently unjust, inherently violent, and inherently evil.2] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2015
ISBN
978-1-137-50309-1
Pages
199 –211
DOI
10.1057/9781137495310_9
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter contains the text of the open letter I wrote in 2001 to Prof. Kader Asmal, then Minister of Education in the Cabinet of President Thabo Mbeki. So a word about context might be in order. I have found the open letter a very efficacious form of getting a point across, especially for an audience outside the church or one’s own congregation where a sermon might have served the same purpose and the issue is one that concerns society as a whole. I have used it before, when in 1979 I wrote such an open letter to the then Minister of Justice in the cabinet of President P. W. Botha, Alwyn Schlebusch, responding to his threats to the churches of the South African Council of Churches who, having passed a number of resolutions regarding civil disobedience had put themselves on a direct collision course with the apartheid regime. The minister was also responding to my call, at the same conference, on the churches not only to support individual acts of civil disobedience, but also public acts of mass protest; to challenge not just individual draconian laws, but the whole system of apartheid as inherently unjust, inherently violent, and inherently evil.2]

Published: Dec 20, 2015

Keywords: Civil Disobedience; Christian Faith; Open Letter; Apartheid Regime; Prison Private

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