Towards a Future with Greater Freedoms for All
Historical Theological Engagement with Mary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel’s Contribution to Religion and Law
Keywords:Freedom of religion, religion and law, Ecumenism, M-A Plaatjies-Van Huffel, Church history, Pluralism
This article engages the work of one of South Africa’s foremost scholars in religion and law—the late Prof. Mary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel. Towards the end of her life, Plaatjies-Van Huffel published a number of important articles on themes related to religion and law. In this article we shall trace the biographical and academic antecedents to these later works. The article shows how her dedication to justice, peace and integrity (to borrow a phrase from the World Council of Churches) developed through particular methodological and theological commitments. The article concludes by offering some tentative insights into where her work may have gone, had she lived to follow the same trajectory of a post-structuralist historiographic engagement with power to deconstruct gender abuse, safeguard minority rights, and cultivate inter-religious cooperation.
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