The Heidelberg Catechism and the church

  • E.A.J.G. Van der Borght


What is the ecumenical potential and what are the limitations of the teaching on the
church in the Heidelberg Catechism 450 years after its publication? This contribution
provides an analysis of the only two Questions/Answers in the HC that specifically
deal with ecclesiology. It also searches for references to ministry. After comparing
with other, much more elaborate expositions of the theological meaning on the
church in catechisms written by members of the drafting team of the HC, the article
puts the HC ecclesiology in historical perspectives and explains its conciseness on
the issue. After describing more recent interpretations of the teaching of the church
in the HC, the text offers a list of ecumenical potentials and limitations.


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eISSN: 2309-9089
print ISSN: 1015-8758