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Histories-vergelykende ekklesiologie – Oppad na ’n omvattende Praktiese Ekklesiologie

Wim A. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a1083 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1083 | © 2011 Wim A. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 May 2011 | Published: 04 November 2011

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Wim A. Dreyer, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Historical-comparative ecclesiology – Towards a comprehensive Practical Ecclesiology
Practical Ecclesiology is a theological discipline, which opens up the possibility of a multi-disciplinary approach to ecclesiology. One aspect of such a multi-disciplinary Practical Ecclesiology is a historical-comparative approach. In this contribution an historical-comparative ecclesiology is developed under the headings of institutional, transformational and non-institutional ecclesiology. Practical Ecclesiology is normally practised from an empirical, strategic and hermeneutical perspective. This article argues that a historical perspective is essential to Practical Ecclesiology as it deepens our understanding of how the church evolved, transformed and adapted over centuries. This opens up important points of discussion in context of the 21st century.


Ecclesiology; Historical-comparative Ecclesiology; institutional ecclesiology; transformational ecclesiology; post-institutional ecclesiology; organic church; emergent church; fluid church; missional church; church reformation; transformation


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