The church and the secular : the effect of the post-secular on Christianity

Show simple item record Beyers, Jaco 2014-08-06T11:22:21Z 2014-08-06T11:22:21Z 2014-07-14
dc.description.abstract Paradigms determine relationships. During the Enlightenment period Emile Durkheim proposed a relationship between the sacred and the profane. Religion, which is concerned with the sacred, was defined in terms of being different from the profane. The profane came to denote the secular. The organic character of religion caused some scholars to predict the end of the church at the hand of modernisation and rationalisation. Some scholars instead envisaged a new form and function of the church. Some scholars anticipated the growth of Christianity. Reality shows that Christianity has not died out but seems to be growing. The new era we are currently in (identified as the postmodern) has been described as the post-secular age where a process of re-sacralisation takes place. How will the post-secular influence the church? What will the relationship between the church and the secular be like under a new paradigm? This article suggests that within a postmodern paradigm, the post-secular will emphasise the place of the individual in the church. Fragmentation of society will also be the result of the postsecular. Religiosity in future will have to contend with fundamentalism and civil religion. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Beyers, J., 2014, 'The church and the secular: The effect of the post-secular on Christianity', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2605, 12 pages. 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2605. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2605
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dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Postmodern paradigm en_US
dc.subject Sacred en_US
dc.subject Secularisation en_US
dc.subject Rationalisation en_US
dc.subject Stadial consciousness en_US
dc.subject Secularity en_US
dc.subject Sacralisation en_US
dc.subject Church and the secular en_US
dc.subject Individualisation en_US
dc.subject Fragmentation en_US
dc.subject Fundamentalism en_US
dc.subject Civil religion en_US
dc.title The church and the secular : the effect of the post-secular on Christianity en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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