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Vryheid as tema van die sosiale etiek (in Suid-Afrikaanse konteks)

J.H. van Wyk
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 34, No 1 | a587 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v34i1.587 | © 2000 J.H. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2000 | Published: 15 August 2000

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J.H. van Wyk, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Freedom as a theme of social ethics (within the context of South Africa)

“Freedom” is one of the most widely discussed notions in theology and politics, one of the most desirable expectations of mankind and one of the great ideals of humanity to achieve, but on the other hand also one of those concepts about which many different and even contradictory interpretations exist. In this article the many meanings which the concept “freedom” has acquired through the ages are outlined, followed by an investigation of the Biblical meaning of the word. A section on freedom as understood by Afrikaner theologians in South Africa as well as its interpretation within the Liberation Theology is also included in the argumentation. The article is concluded by a set of resolutions. The investigation of the concept “freedom” boils down to two main distinctions, namely “freedom from” and “freedom to”.


Freedom; Liberation; Redemption


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