Religion: Vulnerability An apartheid foe imperiled

An apartheid foe imperiled

If backers of South Africa's white minority regime kept an enemies list, the Rev. Allan Boesak's name would be near the very top. The holder of a doctor's degree in theology, he has emerged during the past decade as the most eloquent opponent of apartheid among the country's "colored" (mixed race) population. Boesak's influence became international in 1982 when he was chosen president of the Geneva-based World Alliance of Reformed Churches, whose constituency of 50 million includes Presbyterians and Congregationalists. At home and abroad, he has traveled widely to denounce the evils of the apartheid system.

Now the churchman's eminence is...

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