This article critically reflected on the insights of David Tacey in
which he notes that there is currently a revival in post-secular spirituality in the West, but that
its deep religious roots are lacking. What would be the implication of these trends for the
South African religious landscape where traditional mainstream churches such as the Dutch
Reformed Church are shrinking significantly? People often say yes to God, but no to the
church. Some in the church may totally renounce God. What lessons could be learned by the
South African mainstream churches and theology if these trends in the West were taken into
account? In this article a critical literature review (desk research) was done and the study was
structured as follows: In the first place, the implication of superdiversity, supermobility and
the reality of a post-COVID-19 consciousness was discussed. Next we engaged in research by
scholars in which it was shown that our time, at least in the West, is characterised by existential
anxiety and uncertainty. Thirdly, we engaged in the insights of David Tacey in which he also
argued the fact that the uncertainty of the time in which we live, often causes people to return
to spirituality. Finally, the implication of these trends for the Dutch Reformed Church in
South Africa was reflected on.
CONTRIBUTION : This research makes a contribution to the nature and scope of the journal, in
that it finds that the rise in secular spirituality, in the context of anxiety and uncertainty in a
post-COVID-19 world, provides an opportunity for the Dutch Reformed Church to find
meaning and significance.
Special Collection: From timely exegesis to contemporary ecclesiology: Relevant hermeneutics and provocative embodiment of
faith in a Corona-defined world – Festschrift for Stephan Joubert, sub-edited by Willem Oliver (University of South Africa).