HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
POTGIETER, Ferdinand J. and WALT, Johannes L. van der. Is religious fundamentalism our default spirituality? Implications for teacher education. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2014, vol.70, n.1, pp. 01-09. ISSN 2072-8050.
Using experiential interpretivism as underpinning methodology, this article investigates whether religious fundamentalism is the default spirituality of human beings. Our research is based on a hermeneutic reconstructive interpretation of religion, fundamentalism, radicalism, extremism, spirituality, life- and worldview, and the role of education in bringing about peaceful coexistence amongst people. We concluded that the natural religious-fundamentalist inclination of the human being tends to be (and needs to be) counterbalanced by the education - that is, socialisation - that he or she receives from the moment of birth, the important first six or seven years of life, and throughout his or her life. Based on this conclusion, the article ends with the articulation of ten implications for teacher education.