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Plural religious beliefs: A Comparison between the Dutch and white South Africans

H. J.C. Pieterse, P. L.H. Scheepers, J. A. van der Ven
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 49, No 1/2 | a2487 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v49i1/2.2487 | © 1993 H. J.C. Pieterse, P. L.H. Scheepers, J. A. van der Ven | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 January 1993 | Published: 13 January 1993

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H. J.C. Pieterse, University of South Africa, South Africa
P. L.H. Scheepers, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
J. A. van der Ven, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Abstract

The concept of religious beliefs is distilled from the perspective of one’s belief in God. With regard to this belief in God we propose to distinguish between two dimensions: The personal versus the a-personal characte r of God and his transcendent versus his immanent nature. This leaves us with a plurality of beliefs in God. Does this plurality of beliefs exist in the minds of people in the Netherlands and in South Africa? Together with this we explore the relationship between church involvement and plural religious beliefs in both countries. We have found a sharp contrast between the Dutch and a sample of church-going white South Africans regarding secularization and church involvement. Nevertheless, we have found a highly similar structure of religious beliefs among both people.

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