English: Christian faith played a significant and decisive role in the concentration camps of
the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). This article focuses on the diary of A D Luckhoff
(1874-1963) who, after completing his theological training, volunteered for the ministry
in the concentration camp at Bethulie. The anguish, distress and trials of this inexperienced
young clergyman are disclosed by allowing the diary to speak for itself, thus
ensuring that its profound spiritual and emotional character is retained in the exposition.
Alongside this exposition, observations and historical notes are appended, as
well as questions concerning the diarist’s underlying theological convictions, which
are compared and contrasted with those evinced in the contemporary diary of a young
female resident of the camp, Rensche van der Walt (1878-1948). The ensuing analysis
aims to demonstrate that Christian faith was a more complicated and complex issue
during this war than has yet been realised.