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Die dimensies “eenheid” en “katolisiteit” in die ekklesiologie van die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk sedert Ottawa 1982

Tanya van Wyk, Johan Buitendag
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 64, No 3 | a107 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v64i3.107 | © 2008 Tanya van Wyk, Johan Buitendag | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 March 2008 | Published: 04 March 2008

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Tanya van Wyk, Departement Dogmatiek en Christelike Etiek, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
Johan Buitendag, Departement Dogmatiek en Christelike Etiek, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The dimensions “unity” and “catholicity” in the ecclesiology of the Netherdutch Reformed Church since Ottawa 1982

This article examines the current ecclesiology of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa (NHKA) with reference to the extent to which the church understands unity and catholicity as biblical indicatives and imperatives. The article argues that the church’s understanding of unity and catholicity is prejudiced and influenced by the prominence the church awards to the tenet of an ethnic “peoples church” (“volkskerk”). This has lead to the NHKA’s ecumenical isolation. It is hence argued that the abolition of the church’s “ethnic church theology” will result in the abolition of its ecumenical isolation and will enable the NHKA to confess anew with the “church of all ages”, the “one, holy, apostolic and catholic Church”.

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