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Contesting Post-RacialismConflicted Churches in the United States and South Africa$
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R. Drew Smith, William Ackah, Anthony G. Reddie, and Rothney S. Tshaka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462005

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.001.0001

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White Theology amidst White Rhetoric on Violence

White Theology amidst White Rhetoric on Violence

(p.96) White Theology amidst White Rhetoric on Violence
Contesting Post-Racialism

Cobus van Wyngaard

University Press of Mississippi

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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