FACING DIVERSITY OR LONGING FOR HOMOGENEITY? DISCUSSION WITHIN THE DRC ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
AbstractThe Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in South Africa can be regarded as one of the important pressure groups for religious education (RE) in schools. Based on a case study this contribution focuses on the following question: Does the DRC opt for a traditional, Christian National approach of RE in public schools or does it open up to new forms of RE, reflecting the religious and cultural diversity in the country? The contribution investigates this question from three perspectives: The development of ideas on the official level of synodical statements, the semi-official level of reports in the church’s newspaper Die Kerkbode, and the opinions of students at grassroots level. We find both an increasing willingness to open up to diversity and a line of thought that leans toward isolation and disrespect of other religions. The question of accepting diversity in the field of religion is crucial for the broader field of diversity in the country.
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