Christian ethics and secularisation : business as usual?

Show simple item record De Villiers, D.E. (Dawid Etienne) 2018-10-22T10:50:04Z 2018-10-22T10:50:04Z 2018-07-04
dc.description This article is based on the Johan Heyns Memorial Lecture I was invited to give on 24 May 2017 at the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract It is now 49 years since Johan Heyns’s Sterwende Christendom? [Dying Christendom] was published (1969) in which he traced the history of secularisation and its impact on the theology of his time and 36 years since the publication (1982) of the first volume of his Teologiese etiek [Theological ethics] in which he discussed the impact of secularisation on ethics. In this article, the topic of the impact of secularisation on Christian ethics is revisited. Account is taken of research conducted on the secularising impact of modernisation since then. Although empirical research points to the fact that it is not true that modernisation inevitably leads to the complete demise of religious faith and ethics, and also not that there is today absolutely no room for religious influences in the different social orders, it does not mean that it is a case of business as usual for Christian ethics. It cannot be denied that modernisation has a significant effect on the shape of Christian ethics in the contemporary world. And it can also not be denied that in most contemporary liberal democratic societies, including South Africa, the public role of Christian ethics is restricted. Some of the challenges – and opportunities – present-day realities pose to South African churches and their members are identified and discussed. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: On account of the pluralising and fragilising impact of modernisation on Christian faith, the discipline of Christian ethics should today criticise the absolutising of Christian ethical beliefs and encourage Christians to actively support consensus seeking on moral values in the workplace and in society. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation De Villiers, D.E., 2018, ‘Christian ethics and secularisation: Business as usual?’, Verbum et Ecclesia 39(1), a1796. 10.4102/ve.v39i1.1796. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v39i1.1796
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Christian faith en_ZA
dc.subject Christian ethics en_ZA
dc.subject South African churches en_ZA
dc.subject Secularisation en_ZA
dc.title Christian ethics and secularisation : business as usual? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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