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Menings | Opinion > Briewe | Letters > SêNet

’n Nota oor die "nuwe Christelike beweging"


Wouter - 2012-01-12

Hello

Hierdie frase van FB verwys:

tog wonder mens of hierdie nie ook die klimaat skep vir die vorming van ’n nuwe Christelike beweging, sodra die wroeging teenoor die bestaande kerklike strukture afgeskud is, en ons onsself uitgewoed het nie?

Het my aan hierdie slotsom van ’n opstel onlangs gelees laat dink:

The secularisation thesis actually happened, though not exactly in the way 20th century sociologists predicted. They thought levels of religiousity would decline as religion lost its hegemonic dominance over society, whereas in fact it is the nature of religiousity which has changed. Contemporary religion is a thoroughly secular affair. It is matter of individual conscience, and as such hard to distinguish from secular 'religions' like veganism, environmentalism, or socialism. Religious individuals, like socialists, see the world a certain way, but they recognise that others see it differently and they understand the significance and legitimacy of religion in terms of private personal belief. The deinstitutionalisation of religion in liberal societies has led to cut-throat competition which has shifted religions from price-makers to price-takers. Religions now recognise that the customer is always right and make offerings to the customer (instead of vice versa). Religion has been cut free from its cultural base and now floats freely, as bite-size memes that anyone can download from the cloud when they feel like it and assemble for themselves.

Dit word aan die leser oorgelaat om dit te oordeel. Alhoewel ’n besoek aan Pew ook die moeite werd sal wees om die bevindinge van ’n mees onlangse waarde-opname te ontleed.

Baie dankie

Wouter