Research Articles (Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology)

 

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  • Uitverkiesing en evangelikaalse spiritualiteit : die neocalvinisme in Suid-Afrika 

    Brummer, Vincent (LitNet, 2017)
    Hierdie artikel ondersoek die verhouding tussen die calvinistiese uitverkiesingsleer en die evangelikaalse spiritualiteit in die NG Kerk. Die uitverkiesingsleer van Calvyn het implikasies wat in stryd is met die evangelikaalse ...

  • Die hermeneutiek van die geloof 

    Brummer, Vincent (LitNet, 2017)
    Een van die vrugte van die Verligting is die neiging om ons denke te reduseer tot kennisverwerwing. Die gevolg hiervan is dat religieuse geloof geïnterpreteer word as ’n soort kennis wat na die maatstawe van die wetenskap ...

  • Radical orthodoxy : its ecumenical vision 

    Ward, G. (University of the Free State, 2017)
    The first book in the Series Radical Orthodoxy (RO) was not meant to be programmatic or set out to change the direction of modern theology. There are certain shared sensibilities among its authors and, principally, an ...

  • #Rainmustfall - a theological reflection on drought, thirst, and the water of life 

    Marais, N. (University of the Free State, 2017)
    his article focuses on the rhetorical interplay between drought, thirst, and the water of life in a time of drought. The negotiation of meaning that occurs in the interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4) ...

  • The feeling of time : Bonhoeffer on temporality and the fully human life 

    Vosloo, Robert (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    This essay explores the notion of temporality in Bonhoeffer’s thought. After an introductory reference to an early text of Bonhoeffer that reveals his passion for movement and the moment, the essay comments briefly on the ...

  • How is Robert Jenson telling the story? 

    Verhoef, Anne H. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    This essay focuses on how the well-known Lutheran theologian Robert Jenson is telling the Christian story. It gives an introduction on Robert Jenson as a person and then shows how his theology can be summarised with ...

  • Hoe vertel hulle die storie? oor Karl Barth 

    Smit, Dirkie (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    The paper argues that the theme of the consultation on “How are they telling the story?”, raises complex but intriguing questions when put to the theology of Karl Barth. In a straightforward way, the question seems to be ...

  • Rosemary Radford Ruether : themes from a feminist liberation story 

    Ackermann, Denise (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    As one of the earliest and most influential feminist liberation theologians, Rosemary Radford Ruether's oeuvre has enabled many women theologians in different contexts and cultures to cover new ground by drawing on her ...

  • Form, word and spirit : the centrality of the cross in Noordmans’s critical narrative 

    Theron, Flip (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    This article deals with the pastoral-critical theology of the prominent Dutch theologian, Oepke Noordmans, in which the concepts ‘form, Word and Spirit’ play a major role. In contrast to a ‘closed system’, his theology ...

  • Quo Vadis church history? : some theses on the future of church history as an academic theological discipline 

    Vosloo, Robert (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2009)
    In response to the invitation to reflect on the future of Church History as an academic theological discipline, this essay discusses five theses: (i) The vitality of Church History as an academic discipline is linked to ...

  • Quo Vadis Sistematiese Teologie? 

    Smit, Dirkie (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2009)
    The essay provides five different responses to the question about the present state and future of systematic theology. Firstly, it refers to the widespread Trinitarian renaissance in theological circles. Secondly, systematic ...

  • Law and morality? : some theological perspectives 

    Smit, Dirkie (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2009)
    The essay reflects on the well-known poem “What abou’ de lô?(1961) by Adam Small in order to raise some aspects of the complex relationship between law and morality. Written in the years of struggle against the apartheid ...

  • We the poor must abandon our wheelchairs and begin to walk unaided : on African agency discourse 

    Akper, Godwin I. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2009)
    After mapping the current notions of African agency discourse, the article suggests a more dialogical approach to the discourse, the partnership notion of African agency discourse. This suggestion is based on the view that ...

  • Human dignity in the theological discourse against apartheid in the Dutch Reformed family 

    Pauw, J. Christoff (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2010)
    The purpose of this article is to investigate the explicit and implicit use of the concept ‘human dignity’ in the theological discourse against apartheid in the Dutch Reformed family of churches. Specifically its use ...

  • Human dignity and church re-unification in the family of the Dutch Reformed Churches 

    Mahokoto, Sipho (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2010)
    In this article church re-unification is developed as an instrument that can contribute to the restoration and better understanding of violated human dignity The argument is based on three central concepts used by the World ...

  • Human dignity in Africa : a christological approach 

    Koopman, Nico (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2010)
    The violation of human dignity is more acute on the continent of Africa than in most other places in the world. In this article the dehumanizing influence of a wide range of factors is considered: amongst others growing ...

  • Criteria, language and the revitalisation of Black theology 

    Brand, G. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2010)
    Drawing on debates within Black Theology, it is possible to identify, inductively, a set of criteria for judging theological constructs, that can be defended both within the tradition of Black Theology and with reference ...

  • Anti-Judaïsme in ’n joodse teks? die geval van openbaring 

    Van Henten, Jan Willem (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2011)
    This article offers a critical discussion of Peter Tomson's approach to Anti-Judaism in the New Testament (see his 'If this be from Heaven...' from 2001). Tomson rightly defines Anti-Judaism as hatred of Jews and characterizes ...

  • Time out of joint and future-oriented memory : engaging Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the search for a way to deal responsibly with the ghosts of the past 

    Vosloo, Robert (MDPI, 2017)
    This article explores in conversation with some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer the question of how the experience of the dislocation of time and the visitation of “the ghosts of the past” (also in contexts marked ...

  • Lecture three : from empathy to embodied faith : interdisciplinary perspectives on the evolution of religion 

    Van Huyssteen, J. Wentzel (AOSIS Publishing, 2017)
    In a series of three articles, presented at the Goshen Annual Conference on Science and Religion in 2015, with the theme ‘Interdisciplinary Theology and the Archeology of Personhood’, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen considers the ...

  • Lecture two : the evolution of morality: the emergence of personhood 

    Van Huyssteen, J. Wentzel (AOSIS Publishing, 2017)
    In a series of three articles, presented at the Goshen Annual Conference on Science and Religion in 2015, with the theme ‘Interdisciplinary Theology and the Archeology of Personhood’, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen considers the ...

  • Lecture one : rediscovering Darwin for theology – rethinking human personhood 

    Van Huyssteen, J. Wentzel (AOSIS Publishing, 2017)
    In a series of three articles, presented at the Goshen Annual Conference on Science and Religion in 2015, with the theme ‘Interdisciplinary Theology and the Archeology of Personhood’, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen considers the ...

  • From conciliar ecumenism to transformative receptive ecumenism 

    Plaatjies van Huffel, Mary-Anne (AOSIS Publishing, 2017)
    This article attends to ecumenicity as the second reformation. The ecumenical organisations and agencies hugely influenced the theological praxis and reflection of the church during the past century. The First World Council ...

  • Reformed theology and politics 

    Van de Beek, Bram (Stellenbosch University, 2013)
    The Reformed tradition has always been involved in political issues. In terms of this perspective the views of two major Reformed theologians, John Calvin and Karl Barth, are compared with opinions in early Christianity ...

  • D.F. Malan en die hoer kritiek 

    Brummer, Vincent (Stellenbosch University, 2013)
    The primary aim of this paper is to bring to light an important unpublished paper from 1910 by Dr DF Malan on the so-called Higher Criticism. My paper throws light on Malan’s own theological position as pupil of the Dutch ...

  • "Jesus" en "Politiek"? : Christologiese literatuur en publieke teologie vanuit 'n Suid-Afrikaanse perspektief 

    Smit, Dirkie (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2013)
    The article deals with potential ethical implications of contemporary Christological studies. In a first section the argument is made that doctrine and ethics belong together. In the central section, this claim is illustrated ...

  • Sacralisation and the colonial-indigenous encounter in Southern African Christian history : the memory and legacy of Johannes du Plessis as case study 

    Muller, Retief (Church History Society of Southern Africa and Unisa Press, 2016)
    The role of the Dutch Reformed Church's mission policies in the development of apartheid ideology has in recent times come under increased scrutiny. In terms of the formulation of missionary theory within the DRC, the ...

  • On the reception of Bonhoeffer : a case study of South-South dialogue 

    Smit, Dirk J. (Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust, 2016)
    This article, read as a paper during a consultation on South-South receptions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, argues that the late Russel Botman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch and well-known South African ...

  • Religious education and nation-building in Nigeria 

    Ajah, Miracle (Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust, 2015)
    After the Nigerian Civil War in 1970, the federal government took over schools founded by religious groups because education was thought to be a huge government venture and no longer a private enterprise. Prior to this ...

  • The future of the church : a forgotten article of Oepke Noordmans 

    Van de Beek, Abraham (Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust, 2016)
    An English translation of a recovered article by the Dutch theologian Oepke Noordmans, Kerk en Toekomst (Church and future) is presented. The relevance of this article for the present context, especially in South Africa, ...

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