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Afrikaner spirituality: A complex mixture

Erna Olivier
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 4 | a405 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i4.405 | © 2006 Erna Olivier | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2006 | Published: 02 October 2006

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Erna Olivier, University of South Africa, South Africa

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The article argues that the perception that Afrikaner spirituality is and has always been founded mainly or only upon the Calvinistic tradition is a misconception. Nineteenth century Afrikaner spiritualism consisted of a mixture of theology, philosophy and a way of adapting to extreme living conditions. These factors, although with different contents, are also the determinant issues that made 21st century Afrikaner spirituality such a complex phenomenon. The article postulates that the Afrikaner nation’s current identity crisis can be resolved by closely looking at the different influences on the spirituality of the nation and by carefully guiding the people through the complex set of multiple choices to a fresh relation with Christ in a new found Christian identity to confirm our Christian foundation.

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