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Calvin, Augustine of Hippo and South Africa: in discussion with Johannes van Oort

J.W. Hofmeyr
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44 | a182 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i0.182 | © 2010 J.W. Hofmeyr | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2010 | Published: 26 July 2010

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J.W. Hofmeyr, Department of Ecclesiology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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In this article the curtain is raised on the interesting and fascinating relation between Augustine of Hippo and John Cal- vin from Geneva, as seen through the eyes of the Dutch scholar Johannes van Oort. The influences of and links between Augustine and Calvin are immense. This has been the focus of various studies in the past. The purpose of this article is, however, not to re-invent the wheel about these relations, but rather to reflect on one of the most eminent scholars on Augustine, i.e. Van Oort’s vision on these links and to enter into a dialogue with him so as to shed some new light on this topic and on some aspects related to ecclesiology. After attention to the use of Augustine by Calvin, the focus is on the discussion with Van Oort and eventually on the relevance of this for us in South(ern) Africa. It is concluded that in this era of post- modernism and relativism as well much can be learnt from both Augustine and Calvin, and especially with regard to the well- being of the church.


Augustine; Calvin; Church Fathers; Ecclesiology; Van Oort Johannes


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