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AbstractThe concept of self-secularisation has been identified by Wolfgang Huber, bishop of the
German Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), when he reflected on the context of the
church in Germany. Self-secularisation however, is a worldwide phenomenon with effects
in South Africa as well. After discussing the origin of the concept and its interpretations,
the author tries to identify instances of self-secularisation within especially the Afrikaansspeaking
churches, although not limited to them, in South Africa. The theological jargon
comes under scrutiny, civil religion, the pluralistic society within which the church exists,
the effect of emotionalism, the commercialisation of the church, the role of mass media and
the phenomenon of infotainment, rationalisation and a lack of ethics are some of the elements
identified and discussed. Finally the author attempts a correction by indicating what the
church ought to do in order to counter the effects of self-secularisation.
Beyers, J., 2015, 'Self-secularisation as challenge to the church', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(3), Art. #3178, 10 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v71i3.3178.