The Protestant Church in the Netherlands: Church Unity in the 21st Century: Stories and Reflections

The Protestant Church in the Netherlands: Church Unity in the 21st Century: Stories and Reflections

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The Protestant Church in the Netherlands: Church Unity in the 21st Century: Stories and Reflections by Arjan Plaisier

The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (Dutch: Protestantse Kerk in Nederland, abbreviated PKN) is the largest Protestant Christian denomination in the Netherlands. This volume marks the 10th anniversary of the denomination, which occurred on May 1, 2014. The book outlines the long history that preceded the unification and the developments that occurred during the first decade of the church's existence. Furthermore, contributors from other countries share the stories of their united churches. Their contributions enrich the picture of what church unification may entail. Thus, the book contributes to the field of ecumenical theology. Additionally, theologians from different backgrounds share some reflections on the issues raised by the book's articles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783643905307
Publisher: Lit Verlag
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Series: Church Polity and Ecumenism. Global Perspectives Series , #4
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Karin van den Broeke 1

Introduction Aijan Plaisier Leo J. Koffeman 3

The Story of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands

How the Protestant Church in the Netherlands was born Leo J. Koffeman 11

The Heartbeat of the Life of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands Arjan Plaisier 39

The First Ten Years of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands in Dutch Society Harm Dane 49

Stories from other Contexts

To Give a Better Witness to the Gospel: The United Protestant Church of Belgium Hugh Robert Boudin 63

The Freedom of the Spirit: The United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom David M. Thompson 77

Uniting for Unity, Reconciliation, and Justice: The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa Nico Koopman 91

We are a Pilgrim People: The Uniting Church in Australia Andrew Dutney 101

Reflections

The Identity of the Church and Christian Unity William Henn 113

Uniting and United Churches: A Living Witness to Organic Unity in the Twenty-First Century? An Orthodox Perspective Daniel Buda 123

The Concept of Unity in United and Uniting Churches: Christological Themes Randi Jones Walker 135

List of Authors 143

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