Recent Submissions

  • Kerk en skoolonderwys in vier kerkordes 

    Strauss, P. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    Reformed churches in the tradition of John Calvin and the well-known Synod of Dordt (1618-1619), have a long history of involvement of some kind in school education. This article looks into the famous – at least in some ...
  • Articulating (ultimate) commitments: historical, factual and systematic considerations 

    Strauss, D. F. M. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    Acknowledging that religion forms a constitutive part of human life is recently confirmed by Göbekli Tepe, an archaeological site in Turkey, from which it appears that religion is basic to all the other cultural developments ...
  • Oor die teologiese inhoud van die Belydenis van Belhar 

    Smit, D. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    The essay argues that the theological content is indeed the most important contribution of Reformed confessional documents, but that the theological content can only be understood against the specific historical, which ...
  • The Belhar confession and church and society: a comparative reading in five statements 

    Naude, P.  (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    This essay offers a close comparative reading of the Belhar confession and the DRC witness document, Church and Society. It is argued (in the first statement) that although on the surface there are many similarities in ...
  • Matthew’s sitz im Leben and the emphasis on the Torah 

    Viljoen, F. P. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    The role of the Torah is the subject of a full scale discussion in the first Gospel. This article investigates the socio-historical setting that produced this text with such an emphasis on Torah observance. To address ...
  • Towards an Abrahamic ecumenism?: the search for the Universality of the divine mystery 

    Van der Kooi, C. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    This contribution explores the notion of an Abrahamic ecumenism as proposed by Hans Küng and others in search for a way in which Islam, Judaism and Christianity can live peacefully together. It is argued, however, that ...
  • Closing gaps in open distance learning for theology students 

    Oliver, E. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    UNISA’s policy documents state clearly that the Open Distance Learning (ODL) concept aims to bridge the time, geographical, economic, social, educational and communication distance between student and institution, student ...
  • Towards a Christian ethic of work in South Africa 

    Kretzschmar, L. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    This paper draws on the academic field of Christian ethics and focuses attention on an ethic of work within the South African context. Key terms such as ‘an ethic of work’, ‘a work ethic’ and ‘ethics at work’ are discussed ...
  • Open-ended narrative and moral formation 

    Klaasen, J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    A narrative approach for moral formation must take the shortcomings of abstract reason seriously. Two specific attempts to a narrative approach, narrative as a means to an end and the supra-narrative approach, do not ...
  • A critical assessment of John Milbank’s christology 

    Vorster, N. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    John Milbank is well known for attempting to develop a participatory theology. This article specifically assesses his Christology. The first section provides a synthetic explication of his Christology by focussing on his ...
  • Spiritualiteit in het Lucasevangelie: verscheidenheid en gemeenschap 

    Welzen, H. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    The themes in the Gospel of Luke connected to building up the community are important for the intended readers who, in the last quarter of the first century, were part of Christian communities which comprised various ...
  • Spiritualiteit in het Lucasevangelie: geschiedenis en bevrijding 

    Welzen, H. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    This first article of a series of three is about the spiritual nature of the gospel of Luke as a historiography. Luke presents his work as a history guided by God in which the reader of his book participates. God takes ...
  • Faith development of the teenager during the Sunday evening worship service 

    Jansen, H. P. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    From church conversations with teenagers (born between 1974 and 1994), publications in recent times appeared worldwide and the qualitative investigation in the article is utilized. It seems there are problems in the ...
  • Mercy, love and salvation in orthodox spirituality 

    Dumitrascu, N.  (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    Mercy was demonstrated in the Hebrew and Greek traditions. The ideal state of Plato’s Republic exhibits mercy in a form that contrasts sharply with the Christian concept. The latter does not distinguish between those of ...
  • Augustine on election: the birth of an article of faith 

    De Boer, Erik A. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    The doctrine of divine election is part of the heritage of Western Christianity. Discussions in the reformed tradition point to the older Augustine as the one who developed the doctrine of double predestination in the ...
  • Enhancing of teaching and learning through constructive alignment 

    Dames, G. E. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    This article elucidates issues about practical knowledge/deep learning on the current teaching and learning preaching practices in the Department of Practical Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the University of the ...
  • Reflection on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger (pope benedectXVI) 

    Corkery, J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    This essay looks at ways in which the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, shows affinities with Reformation theological thought. Following a brief look at the background to my own interest in Ratzinger, ...
  • Cyril of Alexandria’s critique of the term Theotokos by Nestorius constantinople 

    Artemi, E. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2012)
    The God Word became truly human. He had the real human nature (body and soul), but without propensity to sin. Jesus Christ was the incarnate Word of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary and conceived by the Holy Spirit. ...