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Belief in God among South African youth

Johannes A. van der Ven, Jaco S. Dreyer, Hendrik J. Pietrse
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 53, No 3 | a1708 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v53i3.1708 | © 1997 Johannes A. van der Ven, Jaco S. Dreyer, Hendrik J. Pietrse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 1997 | Published: 14 December 1997

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Johannes A. van der Ven, Department of Practical Theology University of South Africa, South Africa
Jaco S. Dreyer, Department of Practical Theology University of South Africa, South Africa
Hendrik J. Pietrse, Department of Practical Theology University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

This article investigates belief in God among 538 students from standard 9 who attend Anglican and Catholic schools in the Johannesburg/Pretoria region. Within their belief in God they make use of different interpretations, namely anthropomorph theism and panentheism, non-anthropomorph theism and panentheism, as well as what is called aniconic transcendent pantheism. These interpretations do not appear to exclude one another, but co-exist in the students' minds.

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