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Die sosiaal-wetenskaplike begrip change agent toegepas op die Efesiërbrief: ’n toepassing tot kerklike welwese

Barry J. van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4640 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4640 | © 2017 Barry J. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 May 2017 | Published: 27 October 2017

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Barry J. van Wyk, Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North West University, South Africa


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Abstract

This article gives a short reflection on the background and origin of the social-scientific model change agent in relation to change agency, a relationship that causes an alternate state of consciousness for the change agent. Arguing from the seven-point explanation of Malina and Pilch of how a change agent operates, this article applies the model to the letter to the Ephesians. The conclusion is that this social-scientific model is helpful for the recent church to realise how narrow the relation is between Jesus Christ and the church, in view of the future of the church as a future in Christ. A choice is made to find alternate words in the Afrikaans language suitable for the theological debate, namely  opdraggewer [change agency],  meningsvormer [change agent] and alternatiewe staat van bewussyn [alternate state of consciousness].

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