Self-secularisation as challenge to the church

Show simple item record Beyers, Jaco 2016-02-18T07:48:57Z 2016-02-18T07:48:57Z 2015-11-13
dc.description.abstract The concept of self-secularisation has been identified by Wolfgang Huber, bishop of the German Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), when he reflected on the context of the church in Germany. Self-secularisation however, is a worldwide phenomenon with effects in South Africa as well. After discussing the origin of the concept and its interpretations, the author tries to identify instances of self-secularisation within especially the Afrikaansspeaking churches, although not limited to them, in South Africa. The theological jargon comes under scrutiny, civil religion, the pluralistic society within which the church exists, the effect of emotionalism, the commercialisation of the church, the role of mass media and the phenomenon of infotainment, rationalisation and a lack of ethics are some of the elements identified and discussed. Finally the author attempts a correction by indicating what the church ought to do in order to counter the effects of self-secularisation. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Beyers, J., 2015, 'Self-secularisation as challenge to the church', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(3), Art. #3178, 10 pages. 10.4102/hts.v71i3.3178. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i3.3178
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Self-secularisation en_ZA
dc.subject Church en_ZA
dc.subject Germany en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Self-secularisation as challenge to the church en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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