On-line version ISSN 1609-9982
Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 n.1 Pretoria 2009
Karl Barth's understanding of mission: The Church in relationship1
University of Pretoria
As the Church is moving towards its 21st century of existence, it is confronted by challenges it has never known before. This changing world demands self-reflection within the Church. It has to consider its place, identity and function, thereby giving rise to the exploration of its mission. In this article, the ecclesiology of Karl Barth is explored. By considering Barth's understanding of the Church's relationship with different parties such as God, other religions, those outside the Christian faith, the State and its own inner dynamics, the Church will be reminded of its missionary function in the world.
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1 This article is based on research done for a PhD degree in the Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria. The supervisor is Prof CJ Wethmar.
2 Dr Wessel Bentley is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa.