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Spirituality: the new religion of our time?

J. L. van der Walt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 43, No 2 | a223 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v43i2.223 | © 2009 J. L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2009 | Published: 26 July 2009

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J. L. van der Walt, Faculty of Education Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Mainstream religions and their institutions have since the 1960s been gradually bleeding to death because of their members leaving them in search of rather more inspirational experiences elsewhere. Christian educationists are concerned about this development, because it means that these churches have been losing their capacity for entering into meaningful tripartite pedagogical partnerships with family and school. A description of the problem of churches losing members is followed by a brief depiction of spirituality, something that can be experienced both within Christianity and elsewhere. The inability of main- stream churches to let their members experience true Christian spirituality compels the latter to go elsewhere in search of it. It is concluded that spirituality is no “new” religion after all as far as Christianity is concerned. It is in fact the quintessence of Christianity, but has through the ages become deeply buried in the mainstream religions and churches under thick layers of dogmatic and other superficialities.


Christianity; Church; Education; Family; Religion; School; Spirituality


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