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Continuous formation of liturgy through social cognition

Ferdi Kruger, Ben de Klerk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 3 | a3170 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i3.3170 | © 2016 Ferdi Kruger, Ben de Klerk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 August 2015 | Published: 05 August 2016

About the author(s)

Ferdi Kruger, School for Ministers Training, North-West University, South Africa, South Africa
Ben de Klerk, School for Ministers Training, North-West University, South Africa, South Africa


This article researches two focal points, namely liturgical formation and the influence that social cognition has on liturgical formation. Within a South African context it is evident that Western liturgical traditions encounter African traditions and vice versa. This encounter is challenging because it creates new questions. The process of enculturation is prominent in recent research. The article refers to the process of social cognition as the manner in which people observe each other and try to make sense of other cultures and the people of those cultures. People’s cognition can be wrong, leading to distortions. The main research question for this investigation emanates from this possibility, namely: How does social cognition influence the process of liturgical formation? The authors first of all offer a descriptive– empirical vantage point to investigate this matter. Two local congregations were visited. The authors reflect on their own cognition, but also examine the cognition of the leaders through interviews. Based on the findings of this endeavour, normative perspectives are formulated from Acts 17:16–35 to highlight the role of cognition in liturgical formation. Throughout, the article includes consideration of the hermeneutic interaction between the various elements of this research and provides hermeneutic guidelines.


Liturgy- social cognition-formation-continuous


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