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Taking into account the sociological insights resulting from the current research on church membership, this article provides a theological interpretation of some of the conclusions reached by this research. The group discussions held during the latest study done by the Protestant Church in Germany can at times be seen as interpretations of the Reformation's creed. The considerable tensions expressed by the interviewees between the church as a community and as a formal organization, between church membership as a deepening and as a burden of faith, or between familiarity and alienation of church life, could encourage a differentiation in traditional ecclesiology.
Founded in 1891. The Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) is a scholarly journal devoted to all areas of theological research and the teachings of the church. Contributions from all disciplines within theology concentrate in depth on major issues in theological reflection and Christian practice. They are addressed to students, teachers, clergy and members of the academic profession who wish to participate in contemporary theological debate and to remain abreast of current development.
Die Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche (ZThK) erörtert zentrale Themen theologischen Denkens und kirchlicher Praxis. Sie wendet sich an Studierende wie Lehrende, an Pfarrer und Pfarrerinnen, Lehrerinnen und Lehrer, die regelmäßig Einblick in die wichtigsten aktuellen Forschungen in allen theologischen Disziplinen gewinnen wollen. Sie ist eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift, die gründlich informiert und zu eigener theologischer Arbeit anregen will.