Preaching in a Xenophobic Culture: A South African Perspective


  • Ian Nell



The large number of xenophobic attacks that broke out in different places in South Africa during 2008 is still continuing unabated ten years later. We are still under pressure to come to terms with the reality that this occurred in a country that is globally considered to be an example of reconciliation. In this article the primary causes of these xenophobic outbreaks stemming from fear are scrutinised and placed within the wider framework of a culture of fear. Finally, the impact of violence and fear on practice of preaching within a Christian context is discussed, asking the question: How do we go about preaching within this fearful context?

Author Biography

Ian Nell

Ian Nell, born 1961, is Professor of Practical Theology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.