Recent Submissions

  • A distinctive Pentecostal hermeneutic: possible and/or necessary? 

    Nel, M. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    Over the past twenty years, Pentecostal theologians have published extensively on hermeneutical issues, a subject that had not received much consideration before the mid-1990s. In their discussion of hermeneutical issues, ...
  • The relevance of continental philosophy of religion for theology in contemporary South Africa 

    Verhoef, A. H. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    Theology in South Africa has a strong metaphysical element. This article argues the relevance of the work of modern continental philosophers of religion and theology for a post-metaphysical South African context. In their ...
  • "As if nothing happened"? Karl Barth and the study of prophetic preaching in South Africa today 

    Laubscher, M. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    This article explores the significance of Karl Barth’s (homiletical) theology for the current study of prophetic preaching in South Africa today. In the first section, I explore and probe the significance in questioning ...
  • A critical evaluation of the understanding of God in J.S. Mbiti's theology 

    Han, Y. S.; Beyers, J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    This article investigates how Mbiti articulates the theological reflections on the understanding of God from an African perspective. Mbiti systematises data of the African concepts of God in a set of Western Christian ...
  • Contemplating Allan Boesak's fascination with preaching "truth to power" 

    Wessels, W. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    Preaching can rightly be called “foolishness”, an outdated form of communication and a feeble form of art. In democratic South Africa, preaching is certainly not assigned a place among the ranks of professions conveying ...
  • "Who is Christ for us today?" Bonhoeffer's question for the church 

    Van der Westhuizen, H. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    How can a theology thinking about the church learn from Bonhoeffer’s famous and oft repeated question of who Jesus Christ is for us today? The article attempts to answer this question by tracing Bonhoeffer’s theological ...
  • Love in a time of scarcity: an event-hermeneutical interpretation 

    Hermans, C. A. M. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    Love as a theological virtue raises difficult questions. How can love be a gift from God, and yet at the same time human beings can be praised for the love of others? How can love be infused by God, and also be an act of ...
  • Chaoskampf in the Orthodox Baptism ritual 

    Oancea, C. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    The present article analyses the occurrence of the Chaoskampf motif in the Orthodox Baptism ritual and its biblical and Near-Eastern backgrounds. Such statements are direct references to Old and New Testament texts in which ...
  • Matthean atonement rituals 

    Nel, M. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 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 ...
  • Interview with Michael Welker 

    Van der Westhuizen, H. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    Abstract not available
  • #Rainmustfall - a theological reflection on drought, thirst, and the water of life 

    Marais, N. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2017)
    This 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 ...