Defence in a democracy. A church perspective on the post-apartheid defence review process.
Keywords:Defence Review Process, democracy, post-apartheid
AbstractThis article consecutively outlines the Defence Review Process in South Africa since the dawn of democracy a decade ago, the consequent policies, actions and involvement in arms deals of our government and the responses of South African churches. The second section entails a theological evaluation of the responses of the churches. The overall conclusion is that churches succeeded to a high degree to engage with this public challenge in modes that are appropriate for public theology in the context of a democracy. In a last section some suggestions are made with regard to the future role of churches. This entails a more inclusive understanding of the church and a more comprehensive understanding of security.
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