Stellenbosch Theological Journal

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List of Papers (Total 38)

Die stil stem van die vroue in die vroeë sendingwerk van "der Kaapsche Kerk

Although by 1910 half of the staff of the 'Kaapsche Kerk' in Nyasaland was female, their stories have scarcely been told. In this second of two articles, the focus is on giving a voice to some of these early female missionaries by sharing their experiences of the African mission context. As primary source the newly retrieved diaries of Reverend Andrew George Murray, though...

The Leibholz-Schmitt connection's formative influence on Bonhoeffer's 1932-33 entry into public theology

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law Gerhard Leibholz's insight into the Fascist theory of the state's messianic leadership and myth of creating communal life became a major source of information for Bonhoeffer. Leibholz had gained this knowledge in close jurisprudential cooperation with Carl Schmitt as is evidenced by Leibholz's 1929 habilitation thesis which at the same time...

Interior intimo meo: Rowan Williams on the Self

In this essay we discuss Williams's notion ofthe self as a social mediation. The argument is made that from early on Williams was influenced by different streams of thought that directed him to analogous conclusions regarding language and personhood. I will show that through internalizing of Augustine, Wittgensteinian philosophy and certain strands of Eastern Orthodox thought...

He was with God and was God?

The word θεός is used for both the Father and the Son in the Gospel of John. How should this be understood? After an analysis of the different uses of this word for the Son it is concluded that such a use is based on an intimate relation between the Father and Son which is expressed in functional unity as well as unity of will and thought. The claims of the Jewish opponents that...

Die Kaapse NG Kerk en die Groot Trek: 'n evaluering

The reaction of the Cape Synod of 1837 of the Dutch Reformed Church and the presbytery of Graaff-Reinet of 1838 and 1840 marked the official stance of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) on the Trek. Both were negative about the Trek because they saw it as a revolt against the British Government. These two assemblies were, however, influenced by the negative approach of the Trek in...

Moral earthquakes and our response: Can ethics make a difference?

The major conflicts that shake our world are often driven by deep seated religious and cultural differences - they seem so overwhelming and run so deep that a seismological metaphor seems appropriate. How can ethics help to resolve these conflicts when much twentieth century ethical theory understood its role to be "neutral as regards actual conduct"? Alasdair MacIntyre rightly...

"Managing the household of God

Church leaders are considered "managers of the household of God" (1 Cor 4: 1, 2) and responsible to give the transforming message of the gospel its rightful place in the organization of the church as well as in the broader society. Despite this imperative, a literature review confirmed that the church as an organization has not been studied extensively by management science, nor...

Triniteit, mannelijkheid en vrouwelijkheid - Een kritische analyse en zoektocht naar een verantwoordelijke methode

Regarding the relationship between the Trinity and gender, theologians differ radically. This article first show how the Trinity is seen as a model for gender relationships from an immanent and economic point of view. Thereafter the critique of projection is discussed. In searching for a theological responsable method, the image of God is bought in as a key for understanding the...

Listening past difference: Towards a compassionate ethics of communication

This article attempts to contribute to the discussion about reading the Bible in a contemporary social and political context by highlighting one of the most pertinent influences on our understanding of that context, namely the global media. While the article therefore does not claim any authority in terms of Biblical hermeneutics, it hopes to make a modest contribution to our...

African urbanims: Reinterpreting the marks of the church

This essay presents a broad analysis of African "cityness" and brings this analysis in relation to an ecumenical interpretation of the marks of the church. The aim is to construct an "urban ecclesiology" where the realities of African cities influence our understanding of the church, and where - in turn - the marks of the church provides some pointers to a life of community...

Urban theology endeavours and a theological vision of hope and justice for post-apartheid South African cities

Twenty one years since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the cities of the nation appear to be in a downward spiral of injustice and callousness. This article considers the transformative significance of urban theology. Beginning with a description of the author's insertion into the administrative capital of South Africa the article proceeds to chart out urban theology as a...

The social production of sacred space in urban Oslo

This article examines two recent expressions of religion in the multi-religious setting of the Norwegian capital Oslo. The Muslim group Ansar al-Sunnah's claim of the district Grønland is scrutinized in relation to the public and cultural image of Islam in Norway, and a Christian response to the contemporary multi-religious context is examined via an analysis of the priest Gyrid...

The revelation of Christ as an impossible impossibility: A critical reading of Jean-Luc Marion's contribution to the post-modern debate in phenomenology, philosophy of religion and theology

This article is an attempt to establish the phenomenological and theological value of the concept of Revelation in the work of the French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion in a post-modern cultural and intellectual context. Is it possible to speak of revelation in a phenomenological sense and more radically, about the Revelation of God, after the critique of metaphysics and...

Activating moral imagination: EXPOSED 2013 as a fourth generation faith-based campaign?

David Korten proposes a Fourth Generation approach (1990) to development that is value driven and sees social movements take centre stage in promoting a more just global society. Theologian Ignatius Swart (2006) has argued that Korten's approach holds significant value for civil society role players such as the church, whose value-driven agenda may serve to resist common values...

Subordination vs. agency/resistance in South Africa: Virgins bargaining their way through higher education

Oppression manifests itself in various ways, such that intersections between different forms of oppression can be identified. This is also true for women living in South Africa, a country that has for years been plagued by many forms of oppression (racism, sexism, classism, etc.). Women are, amidst various forms of oppression, often left with few alternative options but to...

Augustine Shutte's autobiographical account of his Christian theology

Before his death in May this year (2016) Augustine Shutte wrote an "autobiographical account" of a selection of his theology papers that situates his writings within his public involvement in church and society - seminary, academy, the Catholic Church, African culture, a thought-world of science and secularity. The account also documents a pattern of development in his...

'Julle noem My Leermeester ... en julle is reg, want Ek is dit

In this article the significance is analysed of the Johannine concept of teaching and related themes, like teachers, different ways of teaching, both formal and informal. Both terminological as well as conceptual references to teaching are considered. It is shown that the teaching of Jesus to his followers is described in terms of Jewish rabbinic activities and that social...

Polluted water, stinking water, frozen water, no water: A life threatening situation! Perspectives from Exodus 1-11 and 15-17

The article highlights the life threatening consequences Israel could have faced if they did not stay within the creational rhythm which YHWH planned for them. Natural phenomena, in which water played a significant role, contributed to these life threatening circumstances. Certain pericopes of two external narratives (Ex 1-14; Ex 15-18) form the backbone of this article. Natural...

Persons without capacity as participants in research: A Kingdom perspective on article 7(b) of UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005)

In 2005, UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UDBHR) was accepted unanimously by the world community (191 member nations). The declaration is currently the first and only bioethical text to which the entire world has committed. However, this document, particularly Article 7(b), is not of religious origin and must therefore be evaluated from a Christian...

The socio-cultural functions of indigenous languages in teaching theology

This article aims to show that indigenous knowledge systems are the reservoirs of useful knowledge for teaching theology, particularly indigenous languages. It argues that theological language is an identity marker, and an ideological tool. Indigenous languages have something to offer in teaching theology. Language is a powerful force that forms national identity; and it...

A critical investigation of Romans 4:3: Its determinative value for justice and righteousness

The theological significance of Romans 4 is undisputed and within it the explicit citation in Romans 4:3 is pivotal. It has informed theological thought, stimulated debates, and shaped faith communities for millennia. But does the concept of 'justification by faith' or 'righteousness through faith', as portrayed in Romans 4:3, hold enough essential universal elements for it to...

Decolonizing theology

In this essay, the author aims to deal with two questions, namely (1) how decolonized is South African theology? And if there is a sense that South African theology needs to decolonized, then the second question is (2) how should this be done? The first is raised as an interrogative starting-point, and is therefore not conclusive, since the author is admittedly, not fully versed...

Reading Revelation from the top or the underside

I dedicate this article to Allan Boesak on the occasion of his 70th birthday in appreciation of his fearless struggle against racism, but also in gratitude for his many other writings in which he consistently promoted the cause of oppressed, vilified and abused groups in society in a truly compassionate and inspiring manner. This article also wishes to give recognition to his...

Reforming our 'Barth'?

Against the backdrop of the Reformation as catalyst for many church and societal reforms, this article wants to reflect upon the transformation of the past 40 years of Barth studies in South Africa. Not only have we consciously read Barth in South Africa, but we also differed in the way we made Barth our own. Therefore, in reforming our 'Barth', we will look into particular...