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Metaphorical bridge-building for promoting understanding and peaceful coexistence

Johannes L. van der Walt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 65, No 1 | a299 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v65i1.299 | © 2009 Johannes L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 June 2009 | Published: 26 August 2009

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Johannes L. van der Walt, North-West University, South Africa

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After briefly sketching the tumultuous nature of life in modern societies, the author calls on the reader to imagine for him- or herself the construction of a metaphorical traffic intersection that would enable those who make use of it to ‘fly over’ all the mayhem and disturbances. The proposed ‘flyover’ consists of three sub-structures or ‘bridges’, namely social capital, spirituality and education. A discussion of each of these sub-structures is followed by a discussion of the combination of all three in a virtual flyover that could contribute to a world characterised by greater understanding, respect, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.


religion; spirituality; social capital; diversity; multiculturalism


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