Religion and culture : revisiting a close relative

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dc.contributor.author Beyers, Jaco
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-31T11:32:42Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-31T11:32:42Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07
dc.description This article was presented at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Religions in Southern Africa (ASRSA), which formed part of the Third Joint Conference of Academic Societies in the field of Religion and Theology, 11–15 July 2016 at the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description This research is part of the project, ‘Religion and Culture’, directed by Prof. Dr Jaco Beyers, Department Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Religion and culture always exist in a close relation. Together with aesthetics and ethics, religion constitutes culture. As ethnicity becomes part of the related concepts, the relation with religion needs explanation. This article wants to emphasise that when studying religion, a study of culture is necessary. This statement is argued from three positions: (1) cultural migrations occurring worldwide, (2) religion as cultural identity marker causing the borders between culture and religion to blur and (3) the location of religion within culture causing religion to act as custodian of culture. This results in a situation where any signs of animosity towards culture are interpreted as opposition towards religion. All three arguments necessitate studying ethnicity when studying religion. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Beyers, J., 2017, Religion and culture: Revisiting a close relative’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73(1), a3864. https://DOI. org/10.4102/hts.v73i1.3864. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i1.3864
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/62989
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Religion en_ZA
dc.subject Culture en_ZA
dc.subject Ethnicity en_ZA
dc.subject Relation en_ZA
dc.subject Reconciliation en_ZA
dc.subject Post-apartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.title Religion and culture : revisiting a close relative en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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