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Postmoderne kerk-wees in die lig van publieke teologie – eenheid en verskeidenheid

Yolanda Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 4 | a417 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i4.417 | © 2006 Yolanda Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 October 2006 | Published: 02 October 2006

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Yolanda Dreyer, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Being postmodern church in light of public theology – unity and diversity

Foundationalism criticizes the “relativism” of postmodernity which deconstructs absolute and objective totalitarian truth claims. Although most postmodern scholars deny advocating relativism, they do acknowledge that plurality features significantly in postmodern thinking. Plurality and diversity are important to the theological discourse tool, because the church claims to be catholic and ecumenical. In a postmodern context people who do not necessarily affiliate with the institutional church may nevertheless regard themselves as Christians. The article supports a public theological discourse and aims to provide a framework for reflection on unity and diversity in postmodern faith communities. Public practical theology includes the public as one of its audiences. After a brief overview of the phenomenon of postmodernity, the article explores the role of plurality in ecclesiology. It reflects on the challenge of facilitating a dialogue between members of churches and those who regard themselves as spiritual in the secularized context of a “churchless Christianity”. The purpose of the article is to contribute to the ecumenism and the catholicity of the church.


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