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The marks of the church in South Africa today - In dialogue with Jürgen Moltmann on his 80th birthday

PJ Naude
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 27, No 3 | a196 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v27i3.196 | © 2006 PJ Naude | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2006 | Published: 30 September 2006

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PJ Naude, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

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In this celebration of Moltmann’ s 80th birthday, an ecclesiological reading of his well known trilogy, Theology of hope, The crucified God, and The church in the power of the Spirit is attempted. It is asserted that Moltmann’ s discussion of the marks of the church is a high point and summary of his early theological development. These insights are then applied to the situation of the church in South Africa today. The article closes with four contextual questions which are then “answered” in terms of the marks of the church.


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