Die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk en die Republiek van die Oranje-Vrystaat: Hooflyne van ’n kerk-staatverhouding, 1854-1902
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A close relationship existed between the Dutch Reformed Church in the Orange Free State and the Republic of the Orange Free State during the existence of the latter in 1854-1902. This was due to a shared world view and the fact that more than 80% of the voters of the Republic were members of a Dutch Reformed congregation. It has been said that the Dutch Reformed Church in the Free State was a state-church. Although it benefited in the circumstances, the Dutch Reformed Church remained independent and undominated by the government. An own approach could be seen in the thinking, resolutions and actions of the Dutch Reformed Synod in the Free State. Close ties between this church and state were visible in their formal and informal contact. The government supported the Dutch Reformed Church in the Free State spiritually and financially and the latter influenced the policies and actions of the Free State Government. Both institutions held great respect for each other.