Original Research - Special Collection: Synod of Dordrecht (1618-1619) - Synod's meaning and influence in South Africa

Freedom of religion: From the Church Order of Dordt (1619) to South Africa (2018)

Pieter Coertzen
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 2 | a2353 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i2.2353 | © 2018 Piet Coertzen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 January 2018 | Published: 01 November 2018

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Pieter Coertzen, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


This article is about freedom of religion as an integral part of the Reformation of the 16th century and how it was expressed in the Church Order of Dordt (1619) and later at the Cape of Good Hope under the rule of the Political Council. The article also traces the route of freedom of religion under the rule of the English and after 1910, under the rule of various political parties until the current situation (2018) with a Constitution that guarantees freedom of religion for every person in South Africa, and The South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms.


freedom of religion; reformation; the Netherlands; dordt; South Africa; dutch east indian company; British rule; dutch reformed church; reformed churches; the Netherlands reformed church of Africa


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