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Das Bekennen der Mitglieder und das Bekenntnis der Kirche

Zur ekklesiologischen Bedeutung der EKD-Mitgliedschaftsuntersuchungen

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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  • 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.
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