"Laat u koninkryk kom" : die publieke getuienis van die kerk
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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.
The article is about the public witness of the church – a topic which is much discussed in theological literature in these days. It is argued that the church must give a public witness. Various reasons can be given why churches must give public witness: for the sake of the Kingdom of God; because of the power of religion; the reality of pluralist societies and the opportunities guaranteed by freedom of religion. There are however certain conditions for the public witness of the church i.e. the church must always retain its own identity, not only the church as an institution must give public witness but all the members must also be equipped to give such a witness. There must be clarity on who speaks on behalf of the church, theology must help the church to give an informed witness, churches and religions will have to talk to each other. Lastly a case study on the public witness of the church is given.