oa Scriptura : Journal for Contextual Hermeneutics in Southern Africa - Ways of viewing an evolving world amidst ecological destruction

Volume 117 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0254-1807
  • E-ISSN: 2305-445X



In an earlier contribution on the use of the term ‘worldview’ in various theological discourses I commented on the confusing connotations attached to the term in neo-Calvinism, the sociology of knowledge, African theology, ‘science and theology’ and ‘religion and ecology’.1 This contribution builds on that earlier one by raising the question whether the category of ‘worldviews’ can perhaps help to hold together the categories of evolution and religion – while doing justice also to an ecological awareness.2 The conclusion is a negative one, namely that this is unlikely, given the conceptual confusion over what a ‘worldview’ entails. Nevertheless, it at least indicates the terrain where contestation takes place.

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