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n In die Skriflig - Morality in Africa : yesterday and today. The reasons for th the contemporary crisis : research article

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853

Abstract


We are experiencing the results of moral decline in South Africa and on the continent at large daily. Academics are also worried by this "moral vacuum". It seems as if something important has disappeared and nothing good has replaced it. This article will, by way of introduction, mention some of the moral virtues of traditional Africa. They reveal a stark contrast with contemporary "morality". The main emphasis will be on the possible reasons for the present moral decline, because knowledge about the causes may assist us in our search for solutions. By quoting extensively from African authors on the topic the article provides an in-depth look at the following reasons for the moral crisis: (1) some general characteristics of traditional morality, (2) inherent weaknesses in traditional morality and (3) different external influences. The article concludes with a few ideas of how the challenge of the moral crisis can be met from a Christian perspective.


Ons ervaar daagliks die gevolge van die morele verval in Suid-Afrika en op die Afrikakontinent. Ook akademici is bekommerd oor hierdie "morele vakuum". Dit wil voorkom asof iets belangriks verdwyn het en niks goeds die plek daarvan gevul het nie. By wyse van 'n inleiding noem hierdie artikel enkele van die morele deugde van tradisionele Afrika. Hulle staan in skerp kontras met die huidige "moraliteit". Die hoofklem van die artikel val op die moontlike redes vir die morele agteruitgang, omdat kennis van die oorsake ons kan help om na oplossings te soek. Deur Afrikaskrywers self aan die woord te stel, word indringend na die volgende redes vir die mo- rele krisis gelyk: (1) algemene trekke van tradisionele morali- teit, (2) inherente swakhede van die tradisionele moraliteit en (3) eksterne invloede. Die artikel word afgesluit met enkele gedagtes oor hoe die morele krisis vanuit 'n Christelike perspektief die hoof gebied kan word.

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2003-04-01
2019-09-17

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