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'Ilu. Revista de Ciencias de las Religiones     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Patristica et Byzantina     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Acta Theologica     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Addin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Advances in the Study of Information and Religion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Aleph Historical Studies in Science and Judaism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
American Journal of Theology & Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 35)
Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Analecta Bollandiana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Annales Canonici     Open Access  
Annales Missiologici Posnanienses     Open Access  
Annali di Scienze Religiose     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Annuaire de l'Ecole pratique des hautes etudes. Section des sciences religieuses     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Antiquite Tardive     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ANZTLA EJournal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Apocrypha     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Approaching Religion     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Arab Law Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Archiv für Religionsgeschichte     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Archive for the Psychology of Religion / Archiv für Religionspychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Aries     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Arys: Antigüedad, Religiones y Sociedades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asbury Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Asian Philosophy: An International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the East     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Augustinian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Augustinianum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Catholic Record, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Australian Humanist, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Australian Religion Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Baha'l Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Bible Translator     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Biblica et Patristica Thoruniensia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biblical Interpretation A Journal of Contemporary Approaches     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Bijdragen     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Bioethics Research Notes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Black Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Buddhist Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Buddhist-Christian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Bulletin d’études Orientales     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Bulletin for the Study of Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Cahiers d’études du religieux     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d’études du religieux. Recherches interdisciplinaires     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Caminhando     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Catholic Historical Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Catholic Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Chôra : Revue d’Études Anciennes et Médiévales - philosophie, théologie, sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Chrétiens et sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Christian Bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Christian Perspectives in Education     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Christian Spirituality and Science     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Church Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Church History and Religious Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 72)
Church, Communication and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Islamic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Conservative Judaism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Contagion : Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Contemporary Islam     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Contemporary Islamic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Contemporary Jewry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conversations In Religion & Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Covenant Quarterly     Open Access  
Critical Research on Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Crosscurrents     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cuestiones Teológicas     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cultural Encounters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access  
Currents in Biblical Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Dead Sea Discoveries     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Der Islam     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Dialog: a Journal of Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Dialogue - A Journal of Mormon Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Die Kerkblad     Full-text available via subscription  
Die Welt des Islams     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doctor virtualis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Downside Review     Hybrid Journal  
e-Theologos     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Early Christianity     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
EarthSong Journal: Perspectives in Ecology, Spirituality and Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ecclesial Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Ecclesiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
El-Hikmah     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Eleutheria     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Elpis - Czasopismo Teologiczne Katedry Teologii Prawosławnej Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku     Open Access  
Entangled Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Epistemology & Philosophy of Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Erasmus Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Estudios Eclesiásticos. Revista teológica de investigación e información     Full-text available via subscription  
Estudos de Religião     Open Access  
Études d’histoire religieuse     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
European Journal for Church and State Research - Revue européenne des relations Églises-État     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
European Journal of Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Evangelische Theologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Exchange     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Expository Times     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Faith and Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Fieldwork in Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Filosofia Theoretica : Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Forum Philosophicum     Full-text available via subscription  
Franciscan Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Franciscanum. Revista de las ciencias del espíritu     Open Access  
Geschichte in Köln     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Harvard Theological Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 63)
Health and Social Care Chaplaincy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Hiphil     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Hispania Sacra     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
History of Religions     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Holy Land Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Horizons in Biblical Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Horizonte : Revista de Estudos de Teologia e Ciências da Religião     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
HTS Theological Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
IBDA' : Jurnal Kebudayaan Islam     Open Access  
IKON     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Illumine : Journal of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Graduate Students Association     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
IMAGES     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Implicit Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Indo-Iranian Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Inferensi : Jurnal Penelitian Sosial Keagamaan     Open Access  
Innes Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
INTAMS review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Interações : Cultura e Comunidade     Open Access  
Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Bulletin of Mission Research     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49)
International Journal for Religious Freedom     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal for the Psychology of Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Christianity & Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 62)
International Journal of Practical Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
International Journal of Public Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Systematic Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Review of Mission     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Studies in Catholic Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Interpretation : A Journal of Bible and Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
Irish Theological Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Islamic Law and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Jewish History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Jewish Social Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Jewish Studies Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Jonathan Edwards Studies     Open Access  
Journal for Christian Scholarship = Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal for Islamic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Journal for Peace and Justice Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal for the History of Modern Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 86)
Journal for the Study of Judaism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for the Study of Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal for the Study of Spirituality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal for the Study of the New Testament     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Adult Theological Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Africana Religions     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Analytic Theology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Biblical Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 47)
Journal of Burma Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Chinese Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Chinese Religions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Church and State     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of College and Character     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Contemporary Religion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of Coptic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Early Christian History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Early Christian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Journal of East Asian Linguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Eastern African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Empirical Theology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Friends of Lutheran Archives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Islamic Manuscripts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Islamic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Jewish Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Korean Religions     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Law, Religion and State     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)

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  • The tripartite structure and its design in a Tannaitic source

    • Abstract: This article deals with a tripartite structure applied to a Tannaitic source (Eruvin 41b). This structure is designed in the form of a difficulty and a short resolution, bringing one example for each of the three parts of the Tannaitic source. The uniform formative-stylistic phrasing gives the discussion of the Tannaitic source's three parts a tripartite form. The Tannaitic source utilises a chaining of examples from the first to the second part and from the second to the third part.
       
  • Healing and coping with life within challenges of spiritual insecurity:
           Juxtaposed consideration of Christ's sinlessness and African ancestors in
           pastoral guidance

    • Abstract: Spiritual insecurity among African Christians is a huge challenge. The insecurity among other things arises from African people's former traditional African ancestral world view of ancestral veneration. The ancestors promote or hinder African Christians' reliance on Christ because they have presupposedly acquired the supernatural power that enables them to provide diagnoses and solutions to life challenges. The inherent problem in the ancestral world view, however, is that the ancestors are both respected and feared by their descendants because they can either bless or harm depending on the state of the relationship between the surviving human beings and the ancestors. The basis of the unpredictable influence of ancestors lies in the fact that they (ancestors) are considered as human beings who carry their human qualities to the spiritual world. In light of this situation, one constructive approach that can be advanced to address the challenges of African Christians' spiritual insecurity is a proper understanding of Christ as a sinless representative of humanity. This approach maintains that healing and coping with life within the challenge of African spirituality in the context of threatening life issues can be addressed by an appropriate understanding of Christ's sinlessness. The article argues for the foundational status of Christ as a sinless representative of humanity as the controlling framework. In doing so, Christ's sinlessness and the sinfulness of natural ancestors are juxtaposed to compare the two ontologies in order to draw some pastoral guidelines for African Christians. This approach pays close attention to the factors and mindset that sustain people who adhere to ancestral worship and assess them through a lens of Christology focusing on Christ's sinlessness as an exemplary doctrine.
       
  • Understanding sexuality from the security gospel perspective: Mountain of
           Fire and Miracles Ministries as a case study

    • Abstract: This article examines a new dimension in the Nigerian Pentecostal understanding of sexuality, which is influenced by the security gospel emanating from Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries in Nigeria. This new dimension is noted in how Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries intricately connects sexuality with destiny. This article shows how Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries promotes a conservative understanding of sexuality as the key to securing believers' destinies. Understanding sexuality from the security gospel perspective is an indication that the Pentecostal theology of sex is dynamic and ambivalent, especially when the theology is spiced with African traditional beliefs. This is demonstrated through a content analysis of the teachings and messages of Pastor Daniel Olukoya, the founder of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, which are available in print, audio and video clips. It is argued that the persuasive manner in which these teachings are presented tends to create a phobia of sex in the minds of listeners.
       
  • Has evolution 'prepared' us to deal with death' Paleoanthropological
           aspects of the enigma of Homo naledi's disposal of their dead

    • Abstract: The Homo naledi discovery introduced questions that had not been previously posed regarding fossil finds. This is because, apart from their fascinating physiology, they seemingly deliberately disposed of their dead in a ritualised way. Although this theory may still be disproved in future, the present article provisionally accepts it. This evokes religious questions because it suggests the possibility of causal thinking, wilful and cooperative behaviour, and the possibility that this behaviour entails traces of proto-religious ideas. This poses the challenge to develop a hominin hermeneutics that endeavours to reconstruct the possible motivation behind this action. The relatively larger brain with its enlarged Broca's area suggests the possibility of a sophisticated communication system and an enhanced way of dealing with emotion. We know that almost all life forms have some form of awareness and that more sophisticated degrees of consciousness may be present in the higher primates. Various 'clues' are investigated to try and understand the H. naledi phenomenon: lessons from chimpanzee studies, the implications of tool making for hominin development, the possibility of a proto-language and the role symbol formation may have played. The H. naledi case also indicates on a theological level that religion is natural. Some attention is given to this thesis. Biological and environmental factors come into play to illuminate biological factors like emotion and higher cognition without which religion would not be possible. Sophisticated cognition is coloured by affect (basic emotions are typical of all mammals) and this makes some form of reflection on the fate of loved ones who have died a strong possibility.
       
  • Exploring the role of the church as a 'reformation agency' in enhancing a
           socially transformative agenda in South Africa

    • Abstract: International political, social, economic and religious developments influence how local communities operate. The South African church society is influenced by such developments taking place globally and which clearly influence how local churches function. This article explores the role of the contemporary church as a 'reformation agency' in enhancing a socially transformative agenda in South Africa. A qualitative research approach - an interpretative phenomenology design - was employed to negotiate a shared understanding through conversation and intersubjective meaning-making with church ministers, with the primary focus being their subjective experience of the changing role of the church in enhancing a transformative agenda in a South African context. A purposive sampling (n = 6) consisted of local church leaders who participated in the face-to-face and telephonic semi-structured interviews to achieve the purpose of the study. The findings clearly show that deliberate and intentional actions by churches allow them to become a voice for the marginalised, to create spaces for searching for excellence and to increase the quality of servant leadership, all as vehicles for transforming church society. Furthermore, servant leadership is a social phenomenon, a philosophy-in-practice aimed at leading by example to achieve a common goal. To accomplish this, church ministers are required to spearhead the challenge as a prerequisite to creating 'lived experienced' opportunities for members as an inward-outward spiritual journey. Finally, church leaders believed that transformation is a secular dimension, but that it can also be aligned towards God's redemption plan and enhancing a socially just transformation agenda. Ultimately, this study proposed several recommendations to allow the local church to be relevant in practicing and promoting stronger unity and reconciliation amongst all churches nationally and globally.
       
  • Some recent responses to neoliberalism and its views on education

    • Abstract: This article is about developments that are on the rise in response to the global hegemony of the neoliberal approach to life in general and education in particular. After an outline of what neoliberalism entails and how it has impacted education, the discussion moves on to an outline of several of these new developments that are seemingly unrelated but at the deepest level seem to be critical of neoliberalism and its views about education. This is followed by a critical appraisal of these new developments. The appraisal, executed along the guidelines of the social space and ethical function theory, shows that these new developments, although they suggest a number of important corrections regarding neoliberalism and its views on education, are in themselves one-sided and narrow. It is nevertheless important for educators and educationists to take account of such new developments that are in the process of changing our view of the world.
       
  • Pentecostal talk about God: Attempting to speak from experience

    • Abstract: Pentecostals have their own ethos to bring to the theological table. Although they represent a diverse spectrum of beliefs, they share a basic preference for experience co-determining their theology, along with their interpretation of Scripture. Their hermeneutical viewpoint since the 1970s that links them with that of early Pentecostals allows them to regard the Bible as the inspired Word of God with authority for their lives although they qualify that statement by adding that encounters with God within the faith community in ways similar to those recorded in the Bible is conditional for understanding and interpreting biblical accounts of God and God's faith community. It is proposed that Pentecostals need to develop a perspective on the all-inclusive difference made by their experience of God in all areas of their lives. Their experience of God through his Spirit shifts their loci communes and theological method. It is argued that Pentecostal theology should rethink every aspect of theological enterprise through the lens of the reality of God's encounter with human beings as experienced in the faith community. In the last section, this is demonstrated in terms of one subject, of God as the object of theology.
       
  • Reading Hebrews through Akan ethnicity and social identity

    • Abstract: The Akan people of Ghana have concepts of ethnicity and social identity which are similar to those found in the Mediterranean world, which find expression in the issues addressed in the letter to the Hebrews. This similarity makes the reading of Hebrews in light of Akan ethnicity and social identity possible, giving one the expected meaning from the perspective of those concepts as within the original context of the audience. This article therefore discusses some theories on ethnicity and social identity as well as the Akan people of Ghana and their concepts of ethnicity and social identity. It further explains the social context of the letter of Hebrews against which Hebrews is then read in light of Akan ethnicity and social identity. The focus of this reading is on how the ethnic identity of the readers presented in Hebrews enhances the social identity of the readers and provides the means by which the author's appeal to his readers for their faithfulness to God becomes meaningful and urgent.
       
  • Ethnic reasoning in social identity of Hebrews: A social-scientific
           study

    • Abstract: Ethnicity reasoning offers one way of looking at social identity in the letter to the Hebrews. The context of socio-economic abuse and hardships of the audience creates a situation in which ethnicity in social identity becomes an important issue for the author of Hebrews to address. This article is a social-scientific study which explores how the author establishes the ethnic identity of the audience as people of God. While this ethnic identity indicates the more privileged position the readers occupy in relation to the benefits of God accessible to them, it also provides the author with the appropriate social institutions and scripts by which his demand for appropriate response to God and the Christian group becomes appreciable and compelling. The article involves the definition of social-scientific criticism, ethnicity and social identity, and discusses the social context of the letter to the Hebrews. It then explains how some social scripts within specific ethnic institutions give meaning to the demands the author makes from his readers.
       
  • Towards a metamodern academic study of religion and a more religiously
           informed metamodernism

    • Abstract: The academic study of religion has long enjoyed a variety of philosophies and methodologies. A new entrant to this list has now arisen: metamodernism. This article examines the claims of metamodernism and makes an initial attempt to relate it to the academic study of religion, both in its guise as Religious Studies and, more tentatively, as the Theological sciences. Metamodernism, with its emphasis on oscillation and simultaneity, shows great promise as an explanatory framework to understand certain current religious developments, such as the 'Spiritual but not Religious' phenomenon. It may also assist in creating a growing convergence between the various branches of the academic study of religion.
       
  • The causes and nature of the June 2016 protests in the City of Tshwane: A
           practical theological reflection

    • Abstract: South Africa has recently experienced a series of public protests. The common element is that violence is becoming evident in these protests. This article uses the June 2016 protests in the city of Tshwane as an example to address the root causes of such protests. On 20 June 2016, the African National Congress (ANC) announced that the city of Tshwane mayoral candidate for the 3 August 2016 municipal elections in South Africa is the former public works minister and ANC National Executive Committee member, Thoko Didiza. Consequently, public protests in the city of Tshwane emerged immediately after this announcement. These public protests were very violent, such as protesters killed one another, burned buses, looted shops and barricaded roads. The root causes of these violent protests are identified as factionalism, tribalism, sexism, economic exclusion and patronage politics. The purpose of this article is a practical theological reflection on the root causes of June 2016 protests in the city of Tshwane. The main aim of this article is a practical theological solution to the general problem of violent protests.
       
  • The experiences of African Roman Catholic Church seminarians

    • Abstract: This qualitative study describes and interprets the lived experiences of African Roman Catholic Church seminarians (priests-in-training). The interpretive lens employed was world view, a conceptual tool extensively used in African-centred psychology. Sixteen African seminarians (age range 21-31 years) were purposely selected and interviewed in depth. Additional sources of data were reflexive notes and observation notes. Data were subjected to various iterative cycles of analysis. Participants described their difficulty in adjusting in the seminaries where teaching and living predominantly reflects a Western world view. They evidenced cognitive dissonance, emotional discomfort and feelings of marginalisation. The findings point to the importance of acknowledging the world views and cultural heritage of seminarians in their training.
       
  • The end of Mission Councils: A case study of the Church of Scotland South
           Africa Joint Council, 1971-1981

    • Abstract: This article will investigate why Mission Councils continued to exist for so long after the so-called autonomous churches were established in South Africa following the upsurge of Ethiopian and other types of African initiated churches at the close of the 19th century in opposition to the European sending churches. It will also examine how the emerging Partnership in Mission policy affected the process of integration of church and mission. Using the closing years of the Church of Scotland South African Joint Council (1971-1981) as a case study, the author examines primary sources to uncover the exercise of power demonstrated through racism manifested in the disposition of personnel, property and finance to control the development of authentic autonomy.
       
  • The ambivalence of ritual in violence: Orthodox Christian
           perspectives

    • Abstract: This article demonstrates that ritual plays an ambivalent role in the interaction between religion and violence. Ritual triggers and gives meaning to violence, or it enforces peace and coexistence. The first part of the article defines the ambivalence of ritual in the context of violence. The second part surveys standard rituals of peace and violence from Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The third part focuses on the ambivalent nature of Orthodox Christian rituals.
       
  • 'By faith alone' (undivided loyalty) in light of change agency theory:
           Jesus, Paul and the Jesus-group in Colossae

    • Abstract: This article aims to apply the model of change agent to the interpretation of Colossians. Presuming a continuity between Jesus and Paul, the article introduces the concept of 'by faith alone' from the Pauline letters. By this expression is meant an undivided fidelity to an inclusive approach to understanding God's work, with concrete historical roots in Jesus' crossing of gender, ethnic and cultural boundaries. Living in this manner requires reformation, transformation and change. The study spells out in fuller detail what is understood 'by faith alone' by discussing the meaning of 'faith' within its semantic domain embedded in the codes of 1st-century Mediterranean culture. Living in faith is both a change of one's inner convictions and about a life in faith.
       
  • Can Christians really make a difference' A response to the call for
           change to make the world a better place

    • Abstract: Christianity changed the world for the better through the development of education, charity organisations, art, music, law and medical care among others. However, not all changes initiated by Christianity were positive. The Christian religion was also responsible for division, death, destruction and war. Focusing on the positive changes, nearly 500 years after the reformation though, it seems as if Christianity has lost its renewing and transformative powers. It seems as if society, politics and the economy are pressurising Christianity to conform to the world and not the other way round. Therefore, the research focuses on the question whether Christians can bring about positive change and transformation to the current problems in society. What can Christians do to provide a religious response to current persistent societal problems' Change agents - people who drive positive change - are capable and competent, make use of networks, are visible and contactable and are often also outsiders in the communities they serve. Examples of the work done by change agents - Christians within their local communities - through small-scale community projects are showcased here to suggest possible ways forward for dealing with persistent problems from a Christian point of view.
       
  • Challenges facing the ministerial formation in Uniting Presbyterian Church
           in Southern Africa: A critical reflection

    • Abstract: Following the union of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (PCSA) and Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (RPCSA) to form the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) in 1999, it was necessary to consolidate theological education of a united church. This was a wise and bold decision by UPCSA, as a first attempt to integrate the training of both black and white students, but more importantly to give institutional expression to the advancement of unity. University of Pretoria (UP) became a major training centre of the UPCSA. Collaboration in ministerial formation between UPCSA and UP, its partner institution, has been plagued by manifold challenges. The challenges which will come under the spotlight are ecumenism, relationship between the university and the UPCSA, curriculum and spirituality.
       
  • Mystifying moments in Bible interpretation: An exploration of some implied
           backgrounds to three kinds of unusual Bible readings

    • Abstract: This contribution is part of a series on Methodology and Biblical Spirituality. In this, the fourth contribution, the scope is widened; more practical-analytically oriented, three thoroughly different but nevertheless all unusual kinds of interpretations of the Bible are described, characterised and contextualised. Namely: • In order to explain what are perceived as textual anomalies, some Old Testament authors have been described by US-based medical practitioners as having suffered psychiatric dysfunctions. • The Garden of Eden from Genesis 2 and further has been located by a recently diseased Nigerian scholar as having been in her home country, with a Nigerian race having been the predecessors of biblical Adam and Eve. • Rastafarians, primarily Jamaica-based, regard marijuana as a holy herb and find direct support for their religious use of this plant in the Bible. However strange such 'mystifying' interpretations may seem within the theological mainstreams of Judeo-Christianity, there is more to these kinds of interpretations than simple whim. Certain cultural conditions along with personal, particularly spiritual, commitments enable these interpretations, which must be taken seriously in order to come to a fuller understanding of the text-interpreter dynamic. These then can cast at least some form of reflective light on the more usual current biblical-interpretative mainstreams within Judeo-Christianity, posing in a new light the question of what constitutes legitimate interpretations, also within mainstream interpretations, as religiously inclined people try to live their lives in the light of Scripture.
       
  • Hilasterion and imperial ideology: A new reading of
           Romans 3:25

    • Abstract: Paul uses the hapax legomenon ίλαστήριον in Romans 3:25. Pauline scholars have discussed the background for Paul's use of the word, whether from the LXX, Second Temple practice or pagan inscriptions. Two altars were found in the Asian city of Metropolis in the early 1990s with the dedication Καίσαρος ἱλαστηρίου. This article discusses their discovery, the history of Metropolis and the possible relationship of Paul to the city. It explores the date of the erection of the altars by establishing a viable sitz im leben early in the reign of Augustus. It then traces the semantic history of the ίλαστήριον and attempts to establish its possible meaning within Pauline theology. Finally, the question whether ίλαστήριον should be added to the vocabulary of imperial ideology in Paul's writings is addressed.
       
  • Lewensbeskoulike aspekte in die openbare standpunte van twee
           presidente

    • Abstract: The last two presidents of the Zuid-Afrikaansche (South African) Republic (1852-1902) and the Republic of the Orange Free State (1852-1902), S.J.P. Kruger and M.T. Steyn, both stood in the tradition of the Christian Afrikaner. Kruger as the symbol of Afrikaner republicanism in the 19th century and Steyn as a younger and more modern Afrikaner, tried to base their policies openly and clearly on Biblical and Christian principles. Kruger as a member and recognised minister of the Reformed Churches in South Africa formulated his views in a typical Dutch neo-Calvinistic way, while Steyn used Reformed concepts combined with his academic background in jurisprudence and the law of nations to foster the same ideas. Kruger and Steyn trusted one another, agreed on core issues and worked together rather well. Each strived to maintain the independence of his republic.
       
  • The role of spirituality as a coping mechanism for South African
           traffic officers

    • Abstract: Traffic officers are faced with many stressful situations, yet each traffic officer might cope differently with these stressors. Spirituality is regarded as an essential defence in stressful situations. Therefore, this article provides a basic framework guiding traffic officers and practitioners, on how spirituality can be used as a coping mechanism when faced with various work-related stressors. An interpretative, qualitative study was conducted utilising purposive sampling in which 10 traffic officers participated in in-depth interviews. In line with the interpretive paradigm, data were analysed using content analysis. The research findings indicate when utilising spirituality to various degrees in their workplace, traffic officers displayed adaptive coping capabilities. Traffic officers associated less spirituality or a lack thereof with weaker coping capability. Furthermore, spirituality in traffic officers is informed by their spiritual or religious foundation, their purpose in work and life, their connection to a spiritual source, and the fruits of spirituality. The coping ability of traffic officers is influenced by their upbringing and background, by stressors in their work environment and by their coping mechanisms. The role of spirituality in the coping of traffic officers culminated in their ability to interpret the meaning of spirituality, and then implementing spirituality as a coping mechanism.
       
  • Conceptualising holiness in the Gospel of John: The mode and objectives
           of holiness (part 1)

    • Abstract: This article investigates the code of holiness as well as the objectives of holiness in the Gospel of John. The en route to holiness will be dealt with in a following article, 'Conceptualizing holiness in the Gospel of John: the en route to holiness and the character of holiness (Part 2)'. In the Gospel of John, the holiness of the trinity constitutes the theological environment for the code of holiness and forms the basis for the exhortation to holiness. The code of holiness is described in the light of the interaction of three levels of relationships: the unity between Father and the Son as the example of holiness, the unity between Jesus and the disciples as the basis for holiness and the unity among the disciples as the inducting objective for holiness. For the Fourth Evangelist, the objective of holiness is fourfold: The first objective is to constitute a unity among the followers of Jesus (17:20-23), although it is not explicitly defined in this context. The second objective refers to the preparation of Jesus' disciples to continue Jesus' mission. The third objective for holiness is that the world (ὁ κόσμος) may believe (πιστεύῃ) and may know (γινώσκῃ) that God has sent his Son (ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας) (17:20-23). The fourth and the ultimate objective is the glorification of God (17:4).
       
  • ' ... Earth's proud empires pass away …': The glorification and critique
           of power in songs and hymns of Imperial Britain

    • Abstract: Songs and hymns shape faith and play a part in shaping political landscapes. They can be used to build or maintain power as well as to critique and challenge it. This has been true for South Africa, and some brief examples will be given. But this article focuses on hymns and patriotic songs from the time of the British Empire and explores how they portray power, entrench superiority or build a common, global Christian identity.
       
  • Is Psalm 104 an expression (also) of dark green religion'

    • Abstract: Bron Taylor defines dark green religion as follows: '… a deep sense of belonging to and connectedness in nature, while perceiving the earth and its living systems to be sacred and interconnected'. Can Psalm 104, with its conspicuous focus on nature, also be described as an expression of dark green religion' Utilising especially the dark green values of belonging, interconnectedness and sacredness, it was found that the psalm aptly confirms Earth as home, illustrates a deep-seated kinship with other living creatures and acknowledges nature as intrinsically worthy or sacred through its close association with God. Of the four kinds of dark green religion, Gaian Naturalism and Naturalistic Animism ('Darwinist', naturalist view), Gaian Spirituality and Spiritual Animism (supernaturalist view), the psalm belongs to the last-mentioned, acknowledging Yahweh as upholding and 'permeating' the harmonious whole of creation. The poet is, however, also well informed of 'natural' knowledge of his environment (for his time obviously). The psalm's joy, awe, astonishment, humility and fear (to a limited extent), being almost overwhelmed by awesome nature, are emotions that can also be shared by adherers to the naturalist view, those who doubt if there is some spiritual world running parallel to the natural world. The religious-like experience of naturalists provides common ground with the religious and enhances a much-needed change of view of respect towards nature.
       
 
 
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