Christian Identity

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In this age of globalization, a need for a communicative explanation of personal and group positions also motivates Christians to describe more precisely their identity in relation to other actors in society. What makes a Christian a Christian? What is specifically Christian in social acions or political calling? Is there a difference between Christian justice and justice in general – and the way Christians deal with justice? What is our calling as Christians? The contributions in this volume are the result of the 6th biannual IRTI conference in Seoul 2005 on this theme.
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Biographical Note

Eduardus A.J.G. Van der Borght, Ph.D. (2000) in Theology, Leiden University, is assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has published on theology of ministry, ecclesiology and on faith and ethnicity.

Table of contents


Christian Identity: an Introduction ... 1
Eduardus Van der Borght

Christian Identity is Identity in Christ ... 17
Abraham van de Beek

PART ONE
THEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES

Devastating Grace: Justificatio Impii and I-Dentity ... 33
Phillipe (Flip) Theron

Christian Identity as Baptismal Identity ... 51
Christiaan Mostert

Christian Baptism and an Identity of Inclusivity, Dignity, and Holiness ... 67
Nico Koopman

Christian Identity and National Identity ... 83
Ferenc Szücs

Christian Identity. Augustine on Faith, Hope, and Love ... 91
J.H. (Amie) van Wyk

Identity and Remembrance ... 105
Binsar Pakpahan

Christian Identity in an Age of Difference ... 119
Jaco Kruger

PART TWO
CHRISTIAN IDENTITY AND THE IDENTITY OF THE CHURCH

Confessionality and Identity of the Church—a Reformed Perspective ... 135
Conrad Wethmar

Confessing the Faith and Confessions Of Faith ... 151
Alan P.F. Sell

Christian Identity and Church Unity ... 169
Callie Coetzee

Transforming Identities: Reformed Churches and the Petrine Dialogue ... 181
Clint Le Bruyns

Identity and Ministry ... 201
Eduardus Van der Borght

The Church’s Corporate Culture and Identity ... 213
Johan Buitendag

Why Are You Called a Christian? Question 32 of the Heidelberg Catechism ... 225
Willem Verboom

PART THREE
CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

Salt, Yeast, Lamps, and Gadflies: Biblical Guides for Christian Identity and Civil Society ... 241
Carol M. Bechtel

Christian Identity in the Context of Social-Economic Tensions ... 255
Osni Ferreira

Stranger in a Familiar Land: Living as a Christian in Christian Nationalism ... 273
Annette Mosher

Christian Identity in The Public Square—Karl Barth on the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology ... 283
Martin Laubscher

Christian Identity and Calling in a .Com World ... 297
Frank Sawyer

PART FOUR
CHRISTIAN IDENTITY AND RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

Christians and the Religions: Towards a Contextual Theology of Religions ... 313
Hendrick M. Vroom

Christian Identity in Inter-Religious Dialogue: The Challenge of Hans Küng’s Strategy ... 325
Paul Kruger

Freedom of Religion and the South African Constitution—The Position of Christian Identity ... 341
Pieter Coertzen

PART FIVE
CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IN CONTEXT

Affirming Christian Identity within Indonesian Society ... 357
Bambang Subandrijo

Christian Identity in the Korean Context ... 373
Seung-Goo Lee

African-Caribbean Perspectives on Christian Identity: Emerging Challenges for Global Christianity ... 393
Daniel J. Antwi

Christianity or African Christianity? On Christian Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa ... 405
Godwin I. Akper

The Inevitability of Culture and its Continued Struggle with Christianity: A Challenge for Reformed Theology in South Africa Today ... 421
Rothney Stok Tshaka

The Quest for African Christian Women’s Identity ... 439
Akua Frimpong

Challenges of Christian Identity in the Hungarian Reformed Context ... 453
Szilveszter Füsti-Molnár

Protestant Identity in an Orthodox Context: The Example of Serbia ... 467
Luka and Angela Ilic

The Identity of a Religious Minority: Innovation and Integration in French Protestantism ... 481
Paul Wells

On The Way to the Living God in Post-Christian Amsterdam. A Sevenfold Invitation to Overcome the Crisis of the Church ... 497
Willem J. de Wit

Index ... 513

Readership

All those interested in systematic, biblical and historical theology; academic libraries, theology students.

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