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Beleef die Christelike teologie soos met die vorige eeuwending weer ’n paradigmaverandering?

I.J.J. Spangenberg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 1 | a540 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i1.540 | © 2002 I.J.J. Spangenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 20 October 2002

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I.J.J. Spangenberg, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Is Christian theology experiencing a paradigm shift as was the case at the end of the nineteenth century?

Biblical scholarship experienced a major paradigm shift at the end of the nineteenth century. This shift had an enormous impact on the way in which the Bible was read and studied by scholars during the twentieth century. During the early stages, it affected primarily Protestant denominations and their doctrine of Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church, however, could not escape its influence. In 1943, biblical scholars in this tradition received permission from Pope Pius XII to use historical-critical methods in their study of the Bible. The results of this shift are only now impinging on theology in the broad sense and there are signs that Christian theology is heading for a new shift which is going to be just as radical as the previous one.


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