South Africa’s various religions discussed in new book

Posted on March 26, 2015

The launch of a book in which the most important religions in our country are discussed took place in Pretoria on 23 March 2015. Two lecturers of the Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Dr Arno Meiring and Prof Piet Meiring, were editors of this book, entitled South Africa, land of many religions (also available in Afrikaans as Suid-Afika, land van baie godsdienste).

Prof Nelus Niemandt, head of the Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, described the book as an important and timely publication. Together with chapters on the different religions, attention was also given to the theology of the religions, as well as to guidelines for dialogue between people of different religious traditions. The book, which is dedicated to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, was published by the Christian Literature Fund in Wellington.

A second publication by Prof Piet Meiring also launched recently, entitled Sê “Ja”  vir versoening, is aimed at preachers, students and the wider church community. The book’s aim is to highlight the task of reconciliation set to all believers in our country, where so many clefts still exist between people and tension are increasing between people from all communities, despite twenty years of democracy.  The book is a short manual for everyone who serves to achieve reconciliation. 

- Author Petronel Fourie

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