Citizenship in South Africa today : some insights from Christian ecclesiology

Koopman, Nico (2015)

CITATION: Koopman, N. 2015. Citizenship in South Africa today : some insights from Christian ecclesiology. Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, 43(3):425–437, doi:10.7832/43-3-128.

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This essay reflects upon the notion of citizenship in the context of post-apartheid South Africa. Citizenship discourse in South Africa takes place in the context of the movement away from apartheid, and in the context of the processes of Africanisation and globalisation. An attempt is made to make a contribution to citizenship discourse in South Africa by drawing from theological insights, specifically from the classic formulation of the four marks of the church, namely catholicity, unity, holiness and apostolicity. Based on these ecclesiological marks the following four sets of features of citizenship are identified: apostolic and inclusive citizenship; united and justice-seeking citizenship; holy and virtuous citizenship, and apostolic and responsible citizenship.

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