Religious Topoi and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Authors: Vorster, Johannes N.; Botha, Pieter J.J.
Source: Religion and Theology, Volume 6, Number 3, 1999 , pp. 325-349(25)
Abstract:The role of religious language in the activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is analysed in this study. The (Christian) religious rhetoric is a limiting factor with regard to the possibilities and/or contribution of the TRC by fashioning a dichotomising discourse and terminology. It also imposes constraints, visible in the TRC's dealings with concepts such as truth, responsibility and causation. This discourse is, furthermore, an assistant to a formalistic way of arguing about history and humanity, which problematises the plurality and heterogeneity of our society.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1999-01-01