Apartheid Museum

The struggle in the church: Fighting a false gospel

Since the early 19th century, South African Christianity has been the site of a struggle between those in the churches who supported colonialism and racial oppression and those who fought it.

The introduction of apartheid in 1948 intensified this struggle. The white Dutch Reformed Church sought theological justification for the policy. The multiracial churches opposed it, at first with statements and resolutions, but later with resistance and then defiance.

Fighting A False Gospel
(Image: Top left: © Archive of the NGK. Top right: © Horst Kleinschmidt Collection. Bottom left: © Courtesy of Denis Hurley Centre, Durban)

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