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Analities-deskriptiewe oorsig van die gebruik van die term sinkretisme: “Die definisie van die probleem en die probleem met die definisie”

J. Beyers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 1 | a650 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i1.650 | © 2003 J. Beyers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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J. Beyers, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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An analytic-descriptive overview of the use of the term syncretism: “The definition of the problem and the pro-blem with the definition”

Contemplating syncretism entails defining the concept. Definitions of syncretism are many and diverse. This fact does not only suggest a problem with the definition, but also contributes to the perplexity of the issue. Various strategies may be followed to break the impasse: redefining syncretism, abolishing the term or acceptance of a plurality of perspectives. The article aims to illuminate the complexity of syncretism, as well as attempting to reach a useable definition. It proposes a neutral approach and way of defining this complex concept.


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