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Christian ethics in South Africa : liberal values among the public and elites

dc.contributor.authorKotze, Hennieen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLoubser, Reineten_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-30T07:01:28Z
dc.date.available2018-05-30T07:01:28Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationKotze, H. & Loubser, R. 2018. Christian ethics in South Africa : liberal values among the public and elites. Scriptura, 117(1):1-10, doi:10.7833/117-1-1356en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2305-445X (online)
dc.identifier.issn0254-1807 (print)
dc.identifier.other10.7833/117-1-1356
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104052
dc.descriptionCITATION: Kotze, H. & Loubser, R. 2018. Christian ethics in South Africa : liberal values among the public and elites. Scriptura, 117(1):1-10, doi:10.7833/117-1-1356.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://scriptura.journals.ac.za
dc.description.abstractThis article uses statistical data from the World Values Survey (WVS) and the South African Opinion Leader Survey to examine liberal values and attitudes among the following samples of South Africans: Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa and isiZulu speaking Protestants, Catholics, African Independent Church (AIC) members and non-religious people (public and parliamentarians). We find that South Africans have softened in their traditionally conservative attitudes toward homosexuality, prostitution, abortion and euthanasia (but not the death penalty). We conclude that the South African public has gradually become more accepting of the liberal values of the constitution (the product of elite-driven transition to liberal democracy). That being said, South Africans have not become liberals as such and many mainline Protestants and members of the AICs (in particular) have remained fairly con-servative in their views. Additionally, elites (parliamentarians) continue to outpace the public with regards to the acceptance of liberal values and practices.en_ZA
dc.format.extent10 pages : illustrations
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherDepartment of Old and New Testament - Stellenbosch University
dc.subjectChristianity -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectChristianity -- Philosophy -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectChristianity and politics -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectLiberal values -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleChristian ethics in South Africa : liberal values among the public and elitesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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