P J Hartin


This article wishes to delineate the different approach and purpose in religious instruction offered by the churches as distinct from religious instruction which is offered in state schools. The very basis of all Christian education is that of the Scriptures, which is directed towards the intellectual, moral and relational dimensions of life. While the aim of the churches is to help its own members to grow intellectually, morally and relationally within the biblical heritage of that particular church tradition, the aim of the school is judged to be different. It is argued that the aim of the school is to hand on the values of its own society. As such it cannot endorse one particular religious tradition or denomination. Its task is to teach a respect for the wealth of religious traditions present in our South African society. 


Religious instruction; Churches; Christian education; Schools; South African society.

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