Sekularisme, die Gees van ons Tyd 2 ’n Tipering
The previous (introductory) article concentrated on the threat which secularism presents to Christianity by paying attention to the fact that, and the reasons why, we only recently became aware of secularism in South Africa. A description of a more advanced situation of secularization in the Netherlands confirmed the danger. This (second) article focusses on a more precise description of the characteristics of secularism. (1) It firstly provides a philosophicalhistorical perspective on secularism. (2) This is followed by a systematicphilosophical discussion of the secularist ideas about God, law and cosmos. (3) Subsequently the attractive and therefore seductive nature of secularism is investigated. The next (last contribution in this series) deals with some indications of how Christianity itself should be changed in order to be able to face the challenge of secularism. This article will, furthermore, from the perspective of a reformational philosophy of society, present an answer to the secularist distinction between the private and public as well as its implications for Christian education.
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