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Secular spirituality versus secular dualism: Towards postsecular holism as model for a natural theology

Cornel W. du Toit
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 4 | a416 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i4.416 | © 2006 Cornel W. du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 October 2006 | Published: 02 October 2006

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Cornel W. du Toit, Unversity of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The term “secular spirituality” is meant to convey the contemporary phenomenon of spirituality as experienced in different spheres not associated with structured, institutionalised religion. An outline is given of the relation between secular reality (the natural realm) and religious/spiritual reality (the supernatural realm), as it developed from pre-secular animism (pre-modern unity with nature) to secular dualism (modernism) to post-secular holism (influence of postmodernism). Then follows a brief discussion of secular spirituality in Africa with reference to struggle spirituality. Secular spirituality in its technospiritual mode is becoming increasingly important and is dealt with cursorily before dealing with secular spirituality as a model for a postmodern natural theology. In this context “natural theology” is not concerned with proofs of God’s existence, but seeks to integrate the natural and supernatural dimensions of human life meaningfully.

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