Source: (2003) In, Audrey R. Chapman and Bernard Spong, eds, Religion and Reconciliation in South Africa. Voices of Religious Leaders. Philadelphia and London: Templeton Foundation Press. Pp. 1-16.
As it continues to emerge from years of repression and conflict, South Africa confronts a legacy of deep social, racial, economic, and political divisions. In view of these persisting issues, the 1993 Interim Constitution acknowledged the importance of reconciliation to South Africaâ€™s future. This parallels the aim of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) to balance truth-finding with reconciliation. As Audrey Chapman notes in her introductory essay, this book then â€“ consisting chiefly of interviews with religious leaders about the role of religion with respect to reconciliation in South Africa â€“ is a contribution toward understanding the implications of the South African experience in pursuing forgiveness and reconciliation among former adversaries. To provide a background and framework for the content of the interviews, Chapman reviews the apartheid legacy, the public role of South Africaâ€™s religious communities, and the TRCâ€™s efforts to promote reconciliation.
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