Only an Academic, or also a Grass-roots Prophetess? The Influential Career of Feminist Theologian Mary-Anne Elizabeth Plaatjies-Van Huffel
Keywords:Mary-Anne Elizabeth Plaatjies-Van Huffel, academic, prophetess, patriarchal anthropology, Reformed Church polity, non-sexist and egalitarian, egalitarian, leader in ecumenism
This article celebrates the remarkable life and work of Mary-Anne Elizabeth Plaatjies-Van Huffel as a noted scholar, devoted pastor, and a woman with creative leadership. The article tries to persuade that the generations to come will be empowered by her influential career. Specific attention will be given to her commitment to justice. Her proposals for the transformation of patriarchal anthropology will be explored. This article assesses her insights into the Constitution, relevant legislation, and international human rights instruments. Also, we emphasise how she applied her insights to spell out a vision of a non-sexist and egalitarian society. Attention is given to her contribution to the Reformed Church polity. The article focuses on her work to restore the Doleantie church polity and on her stance regarding the application of labour law and natural law. In conclusion, Plaatjies-Van-Huffel is defined as a pioneer, a leader in ecumenism, and one of Africa’s finest feminist theologians.
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