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  • Attachment theory and religious violence : theorizing adult religious psychopathology 

    Counted, Victor (Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa, 2017)
    This paper explores the ways in which attachment disruptions might increase the risk of adult religious psychopathology by drawing parallels between the possible symbolisms lying behind religious violence and the concept ...
  • Decolonising development? : re-claiming Biko and a black theology of liberation within the context of faith based organisations in South Africa 

    Bowers Du Toit, Nadine (Southern African Missiological Society, 2018)
    An upsurge in interest with regard to the role of religion in development has also seen an increase in the study of Faith Based Organisations (FBO’s). These organisations have been less well studied within the South African ...
  • 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 ...
  • Matthean atonement rituals 

    Nel, M. J. (University of the Free State, Faculty of Theology, 2017)
    This article focuses on rituals in the Gospel of Matthew that affect forgiveness between God and human beings, as well as between human agents. It argues that rituals play an important role in signalling and affecting ...
  • Die skending van die menswaardigheid van ouer bruin staatspensioenarisse 

    Carnow, Jacobus; Thesnaar, Christo (LitNet, 2017)
    In hierdie bydrae word die sosio-ekonomiese situasie van bruin ouer persone teologies-pastoraal vertolk om te probeer vasstel of hierdie situasie hul menswaardigheid skend. Vir hierdie doel is ’n teologiese teorie van ...
  • 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) ...
  • Die reformatoriese verstaan van die geloofsgemeenskap (gemeente) as ’n publieke gemeenskap 

    Burger, Coenie (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    This article focuses on the Reformed theological understanding of the church as a public church. Although the Reformation did not know the term ‘public church’, the concept behind the term was from the beginning intrinsic ...
  • 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 ...
  • Holistic healing : Old Testament insights on sickness and healing – for churches in Africa confronted by HIV/AIDS 

    Van Zyl, Danie C. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    Notions on sickness and healing in the Old Testament are explored with reference to the HIV/Aids pandemic. Over and above simply collecting insights from the Old Testament, a more ‘involved reading’ of texts, particularly ...
  • Jewish fundamentalism today 

    Gitay, Yehoshua (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    This paper asks the question: what is the meaning of Jewish Fundamentalism today? It tells the story of Jewish Fundamentalism as an exceptional phenomenon in current Jewish history which revolves around the matter of the ...
  • Larger ears and smaller horns : towards distinguishing conservative from fundamentalist theology 

    Bosman, Hendrik (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2008)
    The term ‘fundamentalism’ is often used to ridicule any strong religious conviction and greater conceptual clarity must be achieved to do justice to conservative and evangelical approaches that are decidedly not ...
  • 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 ...
  • A feminist pastoral approach to gender-based violence in intimate partner relationship within marriage 

    Klaasen, Melaney Ann (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2018-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: From my experience as a minister in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, I have observed that gender-based violence in intimate partner relationships is prevalent in society. Pastoral care focusing on ...
  • 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 ...

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