Generation X, intergenerational justice and the renewal of the traditioning process

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dc.contributor.author Seibel, Cory Lane
dc.contributor.author Nel, Malan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-12T08:45:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-12T08:45:22Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10
dc.description.abstract The church has the task of transmitting its faith tradition from one generation to the next. In the transition to postmodernity, many established congregations have proven to be ineffective at this traditioning process in relation to Generation X (Gen X), the first postmodern generation. The reasons for the ineffectiveness are complex. This article focuses on two key factors that contribute to the problem: the reduction of the church’s tradition to its particular expression within the culture of modernity and the marginalisation experienced by Gen Xers within many established churches. The latter has prevented them from becoming effective bearers of the church’s tradition. If this trend is to be reversed, churches should succeed in renewing their traditions in a way that is meaningful in a postmodern context. The challenge will be to overcome the dynamics of reductionism and marginalisation. In developing the argument, the jubilee themes of ‘return’ and ‘release’ are applied to the intergenerational dynamics of established congregations. The article concludes that local congregations should embrace a renewed commitment to intergenerational justice, which will encourage equity between the generations. en
dc.description.uri http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10172009-105350/ en_US
dc.identifier.citation Seibel, C.L & Nel, M., 2010, ‘Generation X, intergenerational justice and the renewal of the traditioning process’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(2), Art. #876, 7 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v66i2.876. [www.hts.org.za] en
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v66i2.876
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/15258
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_US
dc.rights © 2010. The Authors. Licensee: OpenJournals Publishing. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Gen X en
dc.subject.lcsh Postmodernism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and culture en
dc.subject.lcsh Generation X -- Religious life en
dc.subject.lcsh Church work with young adults en
dc.subject.lcsh Intergenerational relations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Tradition (Theology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Church renewal en
dc.title Generation X, intergenerational justice and the renewal of the traditioning process en
dc.type Article en


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