Are we going back to our roots? The restoration of early church ecclesiology in the modern church today

Show simple item record Pillay, Jerry Greyling, Machiel 2019-08-08T09:41:10Z 2019-08-08T09:41:10Z 2018
dc.description.abstract A movement, known as the Restoration Movement, developed on the early American frontier (19th century) to unite the various denominations that followed migrants from Europe and to bring them back to the ideals of the early church. The means to fulfil this quest was done through the belief that the early church could be “restored” in the 19th century. It was asserted that if all denominations simply read the Bible only and rejected all human creeds and traditions that came along with the centuries, there would be one church, total unity and an exact replica of the 1st century church. The methodology was correct, but unfortunately the intellectual paradigms of the day led the restoration leaders to formulate a wanting ecclesiology which ended in more schism than unity. This article sets out to establish that when one considers the modern church trends today and the true nature of the early church, there is clear evidence that contemporary ecclesiologies are being shaped more accurately into the shape of the early church. This is happening by default and spontaneously. Postmodernism is the catalyst that is slowly but surely influencing the natural restoration of the early church in contemporary society. en_ZA
dc.description.department Church History and Church Policy en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pillay, J. & Greyling, M. 2018, 'Are we going back to our roots? the restoration of early church ecclesiology in the modern church today', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 1-12. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2412-4265 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.25159/2412-4265/2375
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa and Unisa Press en_ZA
dc.rights © The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Early church en_ZA
dc.subject Ecclesiology en_ZA
dc.subject Postmodernism en_ZA
dc.subject Restoration movement en_ZA
dc.subject Expressions of church en_ZA
dc.subject Emerging churches en_ZA
dc.subject House church movement en_ZA
dc.title Are we going back to our roots? The restoration of early church ecclesiology in the modern church today en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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