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Die resente geskiedenis en ontwikkeling van die Departement Godsdiens- en Sendingwetenskap (Afd A), 1979-1992

P. J. van der Merwe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 48, No 1/2 | a2410 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v48i1/2.2410 | © 1992 P. J. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1992 | Published: 09 January 1992

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P. J. van der Merwe, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Recent history and the development of the Department of Science of Religion and Missiology (Sec A), 1979-1992
The ‘recent phase’ in the history of this Department started with the author’s appointment as Head in 1979. In his inaugural speech he recognised the need to restructure Science of Religion (within the Faculty of Theology) to the formal norms of theology. He visualised a theological Science of Religion which would reach its apogee in a theologia religionis and not a philosophy of religion. Recent history has seen changes in curricula to conform to Section A’s curriculum reform project (which started in the early eighties). The Department even gained a subject - Evangelistics. This article gives an overview of teaching done since 1979. Current attempts to introduce Science of Religion to the Faculty of Arts, as a non-theological subject, are outlined.


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