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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Joubert, Paul
Email bloubul@telkomsa.net
URN etd-03302007-162144
Document Title Prediking in 'n postmoderne konteks (Afrikaans)
Degree MA(Teologie)
Department Practical Theology
Advisor Name Title
Dr F J Clasen
Prof C J A Vos
Prof H J C Pieterse
  • postmodernism religious aspects
  • Christianity
  • preaching Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk
  • preaching history 21st Century
Date 2006-05-04
Availability unrestricted

A new concept has appeared over the last couple of years, and it is receiving more and more attention in the media. Its name is postmodernism. Our children are experiencing it in the schools, on television, on the Internet, and magazines are full of it. Postmodernism is busy changing our society irrevocably, and has arrogantly seated itself in our Churches, preaching and Theology. According to postmodernism, there is no such thing as objective, firm and universal truth everything is subjective, personal and relative experience. That is why postmodernism has brought the following problems to current preaching in the Christian Church. The preaching will eventually loose its grip on objective, revealed truth and will become morally accommodating, and stop proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only Mediator. Soon the Church will forsake its faith, loose its identity and forfeit its calling. Lastly, the attack on preaching is not persecution, but making everything relative. The question is: will we still be able to preach Christ as the only way to the Father?

The aim of this thesis is to see the challenges that the postmodern time frame has set for the current preaching, and to take the opportunities it presents, to preach the Word of God effectively. According to this thesis, the answer lies in confessional preaching by confessing Jesus Christ.

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