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Understanding the anatomy of religion as basis for religion in education

Johannes L. van der Walt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a924 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.924 | © 2011 Johannes L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2010 | Published: 27 June 2011

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Johannes L. van der Walt, School of Education, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, South Africa


This article sprung from previous structural analyses of religion as onticity, but went somewhat further by placing more emphasis on encounters with the numinous as the core of religion, as well as on the dynamic character of religion. In doing so, this analysis methodologically transcended the limitations of a structuralist view of religion. The post-structuralist approach that was followed, assigns greater prominence to the interpretive and constructivist activities of the actors involved in religious experience. Application of this expanded view of religion to the South African Policy on Religion and Education (2003) demonstrated that the Policy caused a break between the various facets of religion education and resultantly disrupted the wholeness of religion education.


Anatomy of religion; numen; religion; religion in education; South African Policy on Religion and Education


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