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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.31 no.1 Pretoria  2010 



Die invloed van religieuse en kulturele verskeidenheid op moraliteit in die huidige Suid-Afrikaanse konteks: 'n Uitdaging vir Christelike kerke


The influence of religious and cultural diversity on the moral orientation of the current South African society: A challenge for the church



Christie van Zyl

Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk, Bethal-Oos, Suid-Afrika





This article takes into account the morality crisis in South Africa against the background of the rich diversity in the country. It deals with the question whether religious and cultural diversity in particular contributes to moral decay in the community. Different peoples do not only have different experiences of life, but also different value systems on account of their different backgrounds and belief systems. They are the products of diverse influences which bring about different identities and moral orientations. On the one hand this can lead to conflict in societies. On the other hand, diversity in terms of religion and culture enriches societies. Much depends on how these differences are managed. Identity and leadership be regarded as two of the most important elements in the makeup of a prosperous society, especially when it comes to the factor of morality. Diversity demonstrates a great deal of dynamics in itself. It progressively develops new forms as people live actively amidst new circumstances and relationships. As the church is a central player in the field of building moral values, the church has the obligation to re-organise itself in terms of traditional diversity as well as the current contemporary religious and cultural experience.

Keywords: invloed; kultuur; religie; verskeindenheid; morele oriëntasie



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Christie van Zyl
Posbus 558
Bethal 2310

Received: 09 June 2010
Accepted: 29 Oct. 2010
Published: 25 Nov. 2010



Note: Hierdie artikel is gebasseer op 'n PhD proefskrif, onder leiding van prof. Etienne de Villiers, verbonde aan die Department Dogmatiek en Christelike Etiek, Fakulteit Teologie, Universiteit van Pretoria.

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