South African theologians have long been powerful voices in the hard-fought political transition from a repressive apartheid regime to a young democracy. A key question is, What should the public role of churches be in this democracy? This book considers answers given by South African theologians, beginning with an historical review of approaches taken during apartheid and tracing their development in the two decades following. The simultaneously emerging global discussion on public theology has been one important point of reference, offering a number of frameworks for thinking about the churches' public role.
Katrin Kusmierz is coordinator of the Centre of Competence in Liturgy at the Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, Switzerland.