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Geloven in de stad van die mens

G. Heitink

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 20, No 1 (1999), 66-78. doi: 10.4102/ve.v20i1.1166

Submitted: 06 August 1999
Published:  06 August 1999


Belief and Faiths in the secular city
More than thirty years after the publication of Harvey Cox well-known book, “The secular city”, churches are still in doubt about the question how to deal with modernity. In this article the approach is chosen where the key words differentiation, secularization and individualization, connected with a plurality of belief systems are analyzed and connected with a plurality. Christianity encloses individual, social and public forms of faith and belief. Local churches and congregations can be defined as social forms of Christianity. They have to be open for individual and public forms of religion to break up the isolated position and defensive attitude of the churches against modernity.

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G. Heitink, (VU), Netherlands



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