SUBTITLE: The Confession of Belhar and the road to acceptance
SUMMARY: Today the Confession of Belhar still evokes mixed reaction in people. The debate continues here and abroad.
With Good news to confess – the Belhar Confession and the road to accpetance the authors is trying to help the reader to assume an informed point of view on this confession. This absorbing book on the tale of Belhar
· describes the origin of the confessions of the church
· describes the origin of the Belhar Confession
· gives a complete explanation of the content of Belhar, as well as the accompanying letter that should be read with it
· describes reactions to Belhar in various circles
· shines the light on positive and hopeful things that have happend with Belhar up to now
· describes hinderences on the road to acceptance and
· gives perspective on what can (and should) happen in the future.
Good news to confess is a book that will challenge you to think about the Confession of Belhar and it’s meaning for the church today – and to walk the road to acceptence.
Abbreviations used in this book
Foreword by Prof Russel Botman
Authors’ foreword to the 1998 edition
Authors’ foreword to the 2011 edition
The Belhar Confession (1986)
The accompanying letter
1. Jesus is Lord!
2. The road leading to Belhar
3. Belhar – a staff to lean on today and tomorrow
4. Belhar – good news for yesterday, today and tomorrow
5. The reception of Belhar in the DRC
6. Belhar and our road ahead – as seen a decade ago
7. Belhar and our winding road – 1998 to 2005
8. Belhar and our winding road – 2006 to 2009
9. En route with Belhar: perspectives on our future road together
10. Belhar confesses that God is one … and so is the church
Appendix 1: Commentary by the Cape Convention of 2004 on the Belhar Confession
Appendix 2: Commentary by the Cape Convention of 2004 on the accompanying letter
Appendix 3: Ten frequently asked questions regarding Belhar
Piet Naudé is the head of the Business school and a lecturer in Ethics and Christian Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He has published widely on the Confession of Belhar in academic and popular magazines and has given many lectures on the subject in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. His latest international book Neither Calendar nor Clock: Perspectives on the Belhar Confession shows how this singular African confession powerfully articulates the gospel for the universal church today.
Johan Botha is a member of the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa (URCSA) and the current scribe of its Cape Synod. Between 1978 and 1982 he was a minister of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) in Malmesbury and Stellenbosch. In August 1982 he was appointed as the DRMC’s full time secretary of its synodical Commission for Public Witness. He was involved in the founding of the united Commission for Witness (CFW) of the Dutch Reformed Church Family in the Cape Region during the 1980’s, served as one of its executive secretaries from 1991 and was appointed to oversee the management of the CFW in 2007.