HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
BUITENDAG, Johan and VAN WYK, Tanya. The NRCA en route to inclusivity I: the anatomy of a fragmented/eschatological ecclesiology. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2011, vol.67, n.3, pp.32-40. ISSN 2072-8050.
This is the first in a two-part series that aims to examine the growing pains the Netherdutch Reformed Church is experiencing in its journey towards Christian inclusivity. This first article examines the fragmentation in the Church's understanding of ecclesiology, which becomes apparent in the debates concerning the meaning and range of inclusivity in ecclesiology. The roots of this fragmentation are examined. It is concluded that the root of the fragmentation is an eschatological understanding of the essence of the church, which is, in turn, due to a fragmented view of humanity. In order for the Church to continue its journey towards inclusivity it should revisit its understanding of humanity and theological anthropology. The second article will focus on the content and implications of a revisited theological anthroplogy.