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Voorwaardes vir geloofsopvoeding om sinvol te bly in die 21ste-eeuse kultuurkonteks

Martin Valenkamp, Johannes L. van der Walt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 40, No 3 | a355 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v40i3.355 | © 2006 Martin Valenkamp, Johannes L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2006 | Published: 30 July 2006

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Martin Valenkamp, Hoogeschool Holland, Vrije Universiteitkampus, Diemen, Netherlands
Johannes L. van der Walt, Fakulteit Opvoedingswetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Conditions for faith education to remain meaningful in the 21st century cultural context
Although significant numbers of their members are leaving the mainstream churches, this does not mean that these people have relinquished their Christian faith as such. There are signs that people leave mainstream denominations because of new approaches to life and personal experience in the cultural context of the 21st century. The authors try to discover explanations for this phenomenon that also seems to affect the faith education of the younger generation. It is concluded that the faith education of young people can only remain meaningful if people adopted what Paul Ricoeur called a “second naivity”, and if educators complied with certain conditions. By following certain guidelines, educators will help resist a threatening sense of loss of transcendance, relevance and reference among their learners.


Church; Enlightenment; Faith Education; Loss Of Divine Experience; Postmodernism; Religion; Second Naivity


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