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Let us capture now the possible images of God which might be lurking in the minds and hearts of the Catholic Dutch believers. 3. 1. 4). Concepts about God abound. Contemporary social scientists and theologians acknowledge the complexity and multi-faceted nature of this theme. Paul Ricoeur affirms this observation by saying that the images of God are diverse and polyphonous. However, he adds, “polyphony is important in order to develop an idea of the vanishing horizon that is God” (Ricoeur 1995:224).

3, namely: the demographic, social, and religious characteristics. 1. Demographic characteristics Our 451 respondents reveal the following demographic characteristics. 2%) in our sample. 7%) tertiary education. 8%) respondents whose country of origin is the Netherlands, and 81 (18%) respondents whose country of origin is not the Netherlands. 2. 1%) totally disagree. 2%) totally disagree. 6%) totally disagree. 5%) totally disagree. 21 The lowest cut-off for the age group in the first category is 18 years which marks an official age for public and adult life here in the Netherlands, and the highest cut-off is 57 years which is the age group that stands at the closing of Vatican II while they were still 18 years old (born on 1947 and after).

Moreover, the plurality in theological discourse cannot be attributed wholly to the human perceiving subject nor to the diversity of cultural articulations or context, but also to the inexhaustible nature of the divine ‘object’, who eludes total comprehension especially when such discourse comes only from a single vantage point or expression (Mahoney 1987:272). In other words, the plurality and diversity in theological discourse is a mix of the beliefs in the gracious influence of God’s self-unfolding and the limited understanding and communication on the part of the human being.

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