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Die NHKA op reis na inklusiwiteit I: Die anatomie van ’n gefragmenteerde/eskatologiese ekklesiologie

Johan Buitendag, Tanya van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a1164 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1164 | © 2011 Johan Buitendag, Tanya van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 August 2011 | Published: 04 November 2011

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Johan Buitendag, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Tanya van Wyk, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The NRCA en route to inclusivity I: The anatomy of a fragmented/eschatological ecclesiology
This is the first in a two-part series that aims to examine the growing pains the Netherdutch Reformed Church is experiencing in its journey towards Christian inclusivity. This first article examines the fragmentation in the Church’s understanding of ecclesiology, which becomes apparent in the debates concerning the meaning and range of inclusivity in ecclesiology. The roots of this fragmentation are examined. It is concluded that the root of the fragmentation is an eschatological understanding of the essence of the church, which is, in turn, due to a fragmented view of humanity. In order for the Church to continue its journey towards inclusivity it should revisit its understanding of humanity and theological anthropology. The second article will focus on the content and implications of a revisited theological anthroplogy.

Keywords

Inclusivity; ecclesiology; eschatology; anthropology; fragmentation

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