Verbum et Ecclesia (Sep 2006)

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

  • PJ Naude

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 27, no. 3
pp. 944 – 963


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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.