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Anti-apartheid theologian Professor Jaap Durand dared to not only question the Dutch Reformed Church's then defence of apartheid, but he openly helped pave the way for a post-apartheid South Africa, writes @pejames

2022-01-26 10:00:00 AM

Anti-apartheid theologian Professor Jaap Durand dared to not only question the Dutch Reformed Church's then defence of apartheid, but he openly helped pave the way for a post-apartheid South Africa, writes pejames

Anti-apartheid theologian Professor Jaap Durand dared to not only question the Dutch Reformed Church's then defence of apartheid, but he openly helped pave the way for a post-apartheid South Africa, writes James de Villiers.

Professor Jaap Durand (supplied)Anti-apartheid theologian Professor Jaap Durand dared to not only question the Dutch Reformed Church's then defence of apartheid, but he openly helped pave the way for a post-apartheid South Africa, writes James de Villiers

. In the 1960s, while the Dutch Reformed Church used religion to justify apartheid legislation in South Africa, one of its ministers, Professor Johannes Jacobus Fourie 'Jaap' Durand, became a lone voice in speaking out against the church's teaching. 

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Subscribers can listen to this article Professor Jaap Durand (supplied) Anti-apartheid theologian Professor Jaap Durand dared to not only question the Dutch Reformed Church's then defence of apartheid, but he openly helped pave the way for a post-apartheid South Africa, writes  James de Villiers .  In the 1960s, while the Dutch Reformed Church used religion to justify apartheid legislation in South Africa, one of its ministers, Professor Johannes Jacobus Fourie 'Jaap' Durand, became a lone voice in speaking out against the church's teaching.  In a career spanning close to 50 years, Durand would be rejected by the Dutch Reformed Church, march with University of the Western Cape (UWC) students against apartheid legislation, and authored more than 10 books that predominantly critiqued pro-apartheid theology.  Support independent journalism Subscribe to News24 for just R75 per month to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. You can cancel any time.