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White Theology amidst White Rhetoric on Violence

White Theology amidst White Rhetoric on Violence

Chapter:
(p.96) White Theology amidst White Rhetoric on Violence
Source:
Contesting Post-Racialism
Author(s):
Cobus van Wyngaard
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.003.0005

This essay explores contemporary South African white (and especially Afrikaner) rhetoric on violent crime as an expression of what can be described as a quasi-soteriology of the laager. It presents this rhetoric on violent crime as a continuation of white rhetoric on the Day of the Vow and the Anglo-Boer War, which describes Afrikaners as being under threat and salvation being found by withdrawal into a segregated existence. The presentation of white Afrikaners as being specifically targeted by violent crime is presented as a deliberate rhetorical option which should be read within this soteriological logic. In response to this soteriological problem the challenge of a soteriology which finds salvation in the wholeness of the entirety of society and the end of racist structures is presented as a challenge to the White Church.

Keywords:   whiteness, soteriology, violent crime, White Theology, Black Theology

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