Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History

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should understand and respect it. The danger of nationalism is, however, that it may seek to fulfil its aim at the expense of the interests of others and that it can make, the nation an absolute value which takes the Place of God. The role of the Church must therefore be to help to direct national movements towards just and worthy ends.

Source: John De Gruchy and Charles Villa-Vicencio (eds.), Apartheid is a Heresy ( Cape Town, 1983), pp. 149-151.


SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE

D. Balia, Christian Resistance to Apartheid: Ecumenism in South Afrika ( Hamburg, 1939).

A. Boesak, Black and Reformed: Apartheid, Liberation and the Calvinist Tradition ( Maryknoll, N.Y., 1984).

J. W. De Gruchy, The Church Struggle in South Africa ( Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986), pp. 62-69.

J. H. P. Serfontein, Apartheid Change and the NG Kerk ( Emmarentia, South Africa, 1982).

C. Villa-Vicencio, Trapped in Apartheid ( Maryknoll, N.Y., 1988).


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"A Message to the People of South Africa" (Extracts) May 1968

The Christian Council, transformed into the South African Council of Churches in 1968, represented most of the English churches and the nonwhite Reformed Mission church, Nederduitse Gereformeerde Sendingkerk, the only Afrikaans church that remained in ecumenical communion with other churches. In 1968 the SACC issued "A Message to the People of South Africa," which was endorsed by nearly all member churches. The "Message" went beyond the more temporizing Cottesloe statement, rejecting apartheid entirely as a false gospel irreconcilable with Christian faith. The "Message" also made clear the fundamental schism between Christian imperatives and the South African social and political system and warned that "we must obey God rather than men."

We, in this country, and at this time, are in a situation where a policy of racial separation is being deliberately effected with increasing rigidity. The effects of this are to be seen in a widening range of aspects of life -- in political, economic, social, educational and religious life; indeed, there are few areas even of the private life of the individual which are untouched by the effects of the doctrine of racial separation. In consequence, this doctrine is being seen by many not merely as a temporary political policy but as a necessary and permanent expression of the will of God, and as the genuine form of Christian obedience for this country. But this doctrine, together with the hardships which are deriving from its, implementation, forms a

From John De Gruchy and Charles Villa-Vicencio (eds.), Apartheid is a Heresy ( Cape Town. 1983). Copyright, 1983, by David Publishers Ltd. Reprinted by, permission of the publisher.

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