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Symbolising salvation: A semiotic analysis of the church as a transformative communication system in the world

D. Andre van Rheede van Oudtshoorn
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 1 | a1370 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1370 | © 2015 D. Andre van Rheede van Oudtshoorn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 July 2014 | Published: 22 June 2015


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Abstract

This article considers the church from a semiotic and systems-theory perspective as a revelatory symbol of the salvation-historical acts of God for and in the world. The church,as a communicative field of encounter between God and humans as well as between humans amongst each other, creates space for symbols that may be utilised to realise further encounters. At the same time, the church also operates as a communicative symbol in her own right which may be


Keywords

ecclesiology, semiotics, systems theory

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