By John W. de Gruchy

During this very important learn John de Gruchy examines the prior, current and destiny roles of Christianity within the improvement of democracy. He strains the connection from its gestation in early Christendom to its digital breakdown as democracy turns into the polity of modernity, and makes a speciality of 5 twentieth-century case reviews, together with Nazi Germany and South Africa, which show the revival of the church buildings as a strength within the fight for democracy. His conclusions aspect how to the improvement of a theology for a simply international order.

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10 Gordis, Poets, Prophets, and Sages, pp. 551*.

90 In other words, opposition takes place on the basis of consent and cohesion within the political arena. 91 Nothing illustrates this better than the fundamentally different ways in which governments change hands in democracies as compared with military dictatorships or totalitarian regimes. 92 Although the transition to democracy in South Africa was preceded by a long, bitter, and often violent struggle, when the change to democratic rule was finally made, those who had previously been in power handed over the reigns of office and became the 'loyal opposition' within a government of national unity.

340. Democracy: an open-ended tradition prevails. This vision, as we will argue in the next chapter, derives as much, if not far more, from the prophets of ancient Israel than it does from Athens, the Enlightenment, or the French Revolution. Just as some ancient Greek political theorists recognized that a good political order could foster human development,94 so a truly democratic transformation of society today, especially where democracy does not exist, carries with it new possibilities for the development of a genuinely human life.

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