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At 91, inquisitive Conradie has become the oldest man to obtain a doctorate at Unisa | Pretoria News – Independent Online

ANDRIES CONRADIE, at 91, is the oldest man to obtain a doctorate at Unisa.
Pretoria – Don’t take everything at face value; you have to question things, said 91-year-old Andries Conradie, who has become the oldest man to obtain his doctorate at Unisa.

Conradie may have stood out between his counterparts on the stage on Friday as he accepted his doctoral degree in literature and philosophy in the College of Human Sciences, but he has two things very few possess – perseverance and the wisdom of Solomon.

He completed his doctoral thesis this year with the title “The Bible as a problematic text – a critical analysis based on controversies in the Dutch Reformed Church:”

A very controversial subject and one for which he may be criticised, the grey-headed great grandfather said. “But I cannot simply believe like a child. I have to question some things.”

Conradie said during his career as a historian and teacher, he had encountered biblical questions, which simply called for answers.

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