Walking—and Writing—Together in South Africa

A few years ago, Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, travelled to South Africa as part of a collaborative effort of Christian scholars to engage with cultural and political issues there. The result is a new book called, “Walking Together:
 Christian Thinking and Public Life in South Africa,” published by ACU Press and edited by Joel Carpenter, professor of history and director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College.

The book, according to the publishers, shows how “Scholars from Africa and North America come together to discover what is perhaps South Africa’s greatest contribution to social thought, ubuntu—the power of belonging and walking together. These authors offer insight for scholars, South Africa enthusiasts, and those involved in international academic programs and Christian higher education.”

In his chapter entitled, “Negotiating a Plural Politics: South Africa’s Constitutional Court,”  Brink gains fresh insights from the South African constitution—and from the architecture of the Constitutional Court building itself—for addressing a common Western political dilemma: how to anchor governmental authority in radically plural societies, when both divine mandates and liberal consensus-building have eroded.

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