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Die Belydenis van Belhar en die ekumene teen die agtergrond van die Drie Formuliere van Eenheid

A. le R. du Plooy
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44, No 2 | a151 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i2.151 | © 2010 A. le R. du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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A. le R. du Plooy, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Abstract

The Confession of Belhar and ecumenism against the backdrop of the Three Forms of Unity
This article focuses on the Confession of Belhar and in- vestigates from an ecclesiastical and theological perspective the question whether this confession should be accepted and added as a fourth confession to the existing Three Forms of Unity. The following aspects are addressed: the origin and content of the Confession of Belhar, the ecclesiastical and theological reaction within the family of Dutch Reformed Churches as well as in the reformed ecumenical world. A critical analysis of the content is made and evaluated, and in con- clusion attention is given to a few options with regard to the place of the Confession of Belhar in the reformed ecumenical world in the future. A comparison between the Three Forms of Unity and the Confession of Belhar shows a definite difference in quality. The Confession of Belhar is not of a similar standard with regard to the theological and doctrinal content and structure of the Three Forms of Unity, and does not add quality or neglected faith-related value to these existing creeds.

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Apartheid; Confession; Confession Of Belhar; Ecumenism

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