ASPECTS OF CHILD EVANGELISM AND YOUTH MINISTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA IN THE POSTMODERN CONTEXT OF GLOBALISM, PLURALISM AND CURRENT SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
AbstractAfter the demise of the Apartheid regime the Religious Instruction syllabus of the Christian National Education system was changed to ’Religious Education’. The new syllabus requires that all religions should be taught in schools. Compounding the difficulties of pluralism, the global postmodernist cultural context has promoted cognitive dissonance in young Christians in that Christianity is now only one option among other religions claiming the same character of truth and demanding the same adherence. Can traditional approaches to child evangelism and youth ministry still be relevant in the context of scientific education and pluralism in South Africa? To explore this question three recent apparently widely-diverging publications are consulted: 1) Jansen (2009), ‘Knowledge in the blood. Confronting race and the Apartheid past’; 2) Claassen & Gaum (2012), ‘God? Gesprekke oor die Oorsprong en Uiteinde van Alles’; 3) Gericke (2013), ‘A philosophical clarification of the axiological assumptions behind the concept of goodness in Genesis 1’.
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