Plural religious beliefs: A comparison between the Dutch and white South Africans

The concept of religious beliefs is distilled from the perspective of one’s belief in God. With regard to this belief in God we propose to distinguish between two dimensions: The personal versus the a-personal characte r of God and his transcendent versus his immanent nature. This leaves us with a p...

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Published in: Hervormde teologiese studies Vol. 49; no. 1/2; pp. 189 - 207
Main Authors: Pieterse, H, Scheepers, P.L.H, Ven, J. van der
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: AOSIS 1993
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Summary: The concept of religious beliefs is distilled from the perspective of one’s belief in God. With regard to this belief in God we propose to distinguish between two dimensions: The personal versus the a-personal characte r of God and his transcendent versus his immanent nature. This leaves us with a plurality of beliefs in God. Does this plurality of beliefs exist in the minds of people in the Netherlands and in South Africa? Together with this we explore the relationship between church involvement and plural religious beliefs in both countries. We have found a sharp contrast between the Dutch and a sample of church-going white South Africans regarding secularization and church involvement. Nevertheless, we have found a highly similar structure of religious beliefs among both people.
ISSN: 0259-9422
2072-8050
DOI: 10.4102/hts.v49i1/2.2487