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Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 68)
Scientometrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
British Journal of General Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 41)
Information Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 35)
Journal of World History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 34)
Language     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 32)
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Advances in Journalism and Communication     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Communication Papers : Media Literacy & Gender Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journalism & Mass Communication Educator     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Grey Room     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Memory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of International and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journalism & Communication Monographs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Latin American Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Journal of the Early Republic     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Latin American Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Transport Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Media Ethics : Exploring Questions of Media Morality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Literacy Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of LGBT Youth     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Jewish Identities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Healthcare Risk Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
L'Homme     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Asian Journal of Information Management     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Natural Language Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Communication & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Digital Journalism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Communication Cultures in Africa     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Latin American Geography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of the Short Story in English     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Asian Journal of Marketing     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Transatlantic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Late Antiquity     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Arethusa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Religion, State and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Illustration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
CIC. Cuadernos de Informacion y Comunicacion     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Information Privacy and Security     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journalism Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
OJS på dansk     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Prometheus : Critical Studies in Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Syntax     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Time     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
La corónica : A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Physics of the Solid State     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Financial Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Sztuka Edycji     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BMS: Bulletin of Sociological Methodology/Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
African Journalism Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Marketing Journal (AMJ)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Islamic Law and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
La Presse Médicale     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
De Arte     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asian Journal of Animal Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
American Journalism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Revue archéologique de l'Est     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journalism History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
World Futures: Journal of General Evolution     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Brazilian Journalism Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Annales françaises d'Oto-rhino-laryngologie et de Pathologie Cervico-faciale     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Publishers Weekly     Free   (Followers: 2)
Atención Primaria     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Index on Censorship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Bulletin of the Comediantes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Verbum et Ecclesia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Communication and Media in Asia Pacific (CMAP)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Investment Analysts Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Thyroid Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Stellenbosch Theological Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Revue européenne des migrations internationales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Développement durable et territoires     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Nordic Journal of Media Management     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
E-rea     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Studia Socialia Cracoviensia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of European Periodical Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Science Editing     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
GRUR International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1) : Anuario Académico sobre Documentación Digital y Comunicación Interactiva     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Connections : A Journal of Language, Media and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Estudios sobre el Mensaje Periodístico     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Actas Urológicas Españolas     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Études caribéennes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revue archéologique du Centre de la France     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Les Cahiers d'Outre-Mer     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Archivos de Medicina Veterinaria     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ufahamu : A Journal of African Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Géocarrefour     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cahiers de la Méditerranée     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Apparence(s)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Periodica Mathematica Hungarica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journalistica - Tidsskrift for forskning i journalistik     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Documentación de las Ciencias de la Información     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Research Integrity and Peer Review     Open Access  
Sensorium Journal     Open Access  
Komunika     Open Access  
RUDN Journal of Studies in Literature and Journalism     Open Access  
Law, State and Telecommunications Review     Open Access  
Norsk medietidsskrift     Open Access  
#PerDebate     Open Access  
IRIS - Revista de Informação, Memória e Tecnologia     Open Access  
Papers of The Bibliographical Society of Canada     Open Access  
Trípodos     Open Access  
Media & Jornalismo     Open Access  
Espaço e Tempo Midiáticos     Open Access  
Variants : Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship     Open Access  
Comunicación y Ciudadanía     Open Access  
Newspaper Research Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Improntas     Open Access     Open Access  
Âncora : Revista Latino-Americana de Jornalismo     Open Access  
Revista Observatório     Open Access  
Comunicação Pública     Open Access  
Pozo de Letras     Open Access  
El Argonauta español     Open Access  
InMedia     Open Access  
Signo y Pensamiento     Open Access  
L'Espace Politique     Open Access  
Tracés     Open Access  
Tydskrif vir Letterkunde     Open Access  
Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe     Open Access  
TD : The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa     Open Access  
Revue d’économie industrielle     Open Access  
Astérion     Open Access  
Pollack Periodica     Full-text available via subscription  
General Relativity and Gravitation     Hybrid Journal  


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Stellenbosch Theological Journal
Number of Followers: 2  

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ISSN (Print) 2413-9459 - ISSN (Online) 2413-9467
Published by Stellenbosch University Homepage  [12 journals]
  • The Scots Afrikaners

    • Authors: Ruhan Fourie
      Abstract: There seems to be a persistent interest in history of the Scottish influence and legacy in southern Africa’s ecclesiastic scene by both academics and the public. It became particularly evident in 2022 when, in the spirit of the bicentennial commemoration of the arrival of the most notable Scottish import, Andrew Murray, the Stellenbosch Theological Journal devoted a special edition to the legacy of the pivotal Murray-clan. It reflected both the richness of existing literature on Scottish influences and legacies in southern Africa, as well as ongoing debates and perceptive thereon. Retief Müller’s The Scots Afrikaners (2021) proves to be a central text in this historiography. The book covers the Scottish influence, and effects thereof, on the Afrikaner people and the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC). It covers the period from Lord Charles Somerset’s attempt to anglicise the church in the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century when the Scottish influence waned under the more dominant volkskerk tradition of emergent Afrikaner nationalism. The development of the Scots Afrikaners – a term Müller uses to describe the hybrid identity of Scottish clergy still tethered to the empire, but who identified with the Afrikaner community – and their dominance of ecclesiastical matters in this period is covered extensively.
      PubDate: 2023-01-25
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.r2
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Science Fiction Theology

    • Authors: Khegan Delport
      Abstract: This is quite simply a marvellous book. In Science Fiction Theology, Alan Gregory has given a model for responsible theological engagement with both literature and pop culture. His vast knowledge and patient exposition of science fiction (SF) and his ability, moreover, to weave deep readings of SF within a sophisticated account of Christian metaphysics are certainly enviable. Those who attempt similar projects of comparison should definitely take notice; reverse-engineering its composition would be worthwhile for any author in the genre.
      PubDate: 2023-01-25
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.r1
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • This Monastic Moment

    • Authors: Calvin Ullrich
      Abstract: Diagnosing a cultural mood is never easy, not least because our times are marked by a volatility where one can scarcely hold onto anything in the maelstrom of conflicting currents. Here, in South Africa, ‘morbid symptoms’ are painfully being felt in an interregnum where a genuinely new future seems perennially deferred with every crisis that seems to pile upon the last. But a cultural mood is not the same thing as a theological or indeed monastic moment. What, then, is unique about a specifically Christian response when pessimism or enclavist retreat are the order of the day and where hope is in such short supply' The eminent theologian John de Gruchy, with characteristic perspicuity enters this malaise with a composed but urgent plea for us to “listen again” to what the “Spirit is saying.” This academically astute but readable text journeys through themes and figures (Calvin, Barth, Bonhoeffer, and Merton, among many others) which have distinguished de Gruchy’s career as a public theologian, while he casts his net into the far reaches of Christianity’s early history up to the present, offering an absorbing narrative whose golden thread is that of monasticism.
      PubDate: 2023-01-25
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.br3
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Editorial

    • Authors: Robert Vosloo
      Abstract: In this 2022 edition of the Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ) we are proud to present 40 peer-reviewed academic articles and 6 book reviews. Ten of these articles (STJ Vol. 8 No. 2) are published in the section of the “Society of Practical Theology in South Africa (SPTSA; with Anita Cloete as managing editor). 
      PubDate: 2023-01-20
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Redaksioneel

    • Authors: Robert Vosloo
      Abstract: Ons bied graag in hierdie 2022-uitgawe van die Stellenbosch Teologiese Joernaal (STJ) 40 portuur-geëvalueerde akademiese artikels en ses boekresensies aan. Tien van dié artikels (STJ Vol. 8 No. 2 ) is in die afdeling van die “Society of Practical Theology in South Africa” (SPTSA; met Anita Cloete as uitvoerende redakteur) gepubliseer.
      PubDate: 2023-01-20
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Utilization of Christian doctrine as a theological resource

    • Authors: Ebenezer Tetteh Kpalam, Hannelie Yates, Manitza Kotze
      Abstract: The doctrine of the Trinity is a doctrine that should have real and practical implications for daily Christian living. Proponents of the relational view of the Trinity believe that the relationship that exists between the triune God is a relationship of love, equality, and reciprocity. Consequently, this should reflect in the quality of relationship and caring activities created and extended by faith communities. Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is considered a crime in most societies. It has a devastating long-term effect on the child, family, and society. As a result, all stakeholders are called upon to respond to this menace in society. There is evidence that any effective Christian response should be informed by critical theological reflections. As such, theological reflections sparked by public issues of importance should be rooted in the Christian faith traditions. This article posits that the relational view of the Trinity could be a useful theological resource for pastoral response to CSA.
      PubDate: 2023-01-20
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a22
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Liturgical initiatives and moratorium debates in Africa

    • Authors: Julius Gathogo
      Abstract: African ecclesiology has experienced peculiar theological scenes right from the days of the Arianism and Donatism controversies in the first century to the present moment when a liturgy of Africa is still a pipedream. By use of theo-historical-analytical design, this article explores the quest for a liturgy of Africa by retracing some key trends such as the moratorium debates of the 1970s and other key attempts at the inculturation of liturgy in Africa. In other words, was the call for a moratorium by John Gatu and other African ecclesiastical leaders geared towards a liturgy of Africa rather than a liturgy for Africa' What are the concrete areas that needs “liturgical inculturation” especially in regard to the Eucharist' The article sets out on the premise that the calls for moratorium since the 1970s were part of Afro-Ecclesiastical and Afro-liturgical initiatives, a phenomenon that Africa has yearned for since the era of the 19th and 20th century missionary enterprises. In its methodology, the article has extensively reviewed existing literature in regard to the quest for a “Liturgy of Africa” as opposed to the foreign induced “Liturgy for Africa,” by illustrating from some mainline churches and the African instituted churches’ ecclesiological discourses. The article has also relied heavily on the author’s experiences as a participant observer among some African churches. Certainly, the quest for a liturgy of Africa is in its initial stage; and the task ahead is tremendous. In view of this, we should swing into action, take up the challenge with courage and creativity, till Christianity in Africa is Africanized. In post Covid-19 Africa, a more creative liturgical practicum will be the way to go.
      PubDate: 2023-01-17
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a15
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • “Priests are obliged to be turbulent”

    • Authors: David N Field
      Abstract: Charles Villia-Vicencio's theology developed in the context of the struggle against Apartheid is interpreted as a transposition of key themes from the Methodist theological tradition into a liberative key. This is takes place through Villa-Vicencio's expansion of the notion of salvation and his affirmation of the preferential option for the poor. The article exams the significance of this in relation to the themes of grace and responsibility, the renewal of the church, and resistance to oppression. It argues that this transposition continues to have significance for contemporary Methodist theology and needs to be critically and constructively recovered.
      PubDate: 2023-01-16
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a18
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Liturgie en geloofsvorming.

    • Authors: Cas Wepener
      Abstract: The relation between liturgical action and faith formation is the theme of this article. By means of a literature study this relation is explored and critically reflected upon. The literature scrutinised in this regard include liturgical-, practical theological- and cultural anthropological sources. It is argued that there is indeed a relationship between liturgical practices and faith formation, however, this formation can be of a positive and negative, depending on the quality of the liturgical practice. Therefore, it is critical to often revisit the theme of liturgy and faith formation and simultaneously critically scrutinize the quality of the lived liturgical practice of individuals and communities.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a10
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Social Justice and the Search for the Common Good in Southern Africa

    • Authors: Basilius Kasera
      Abstract: Social injustice and inequality create existential worries and social instability. Public theology, as a method rather than as a discipline, developed as a response to fortify Christian witness in the public arena and to answer to issues such as social injustice. This article builds on this theological method for social engagement and on the inherent social capital that religion holds to produce the common good in a secular environment. As part of reflecting upon the significance of theology in the public sphere, I first will examine the role theology can play to shape our social vision. Secondly, I will examine how the notions of covenant and neighbourliness could be providing a turning point regarding social justice. Thirdly, I address the search for the common good as God's tool to inform alternative and humane associational life. Fourthly, the article will explore theology's role to inform and create a vibrant civic society. The dialogue partners in the article are intentionally chosen to formulate a theological pedagogy distinctive from defensive, and at times violent, postures witnessed in social justice dialogues. I aim to create a space for a more objective examination of habits and practices in search of a fuller description and embodiment of God's Kingdom in Southern Africa. The article explores the following question, how can theology, through pursuing the common good, become a significant social capital generator to influence social justice in Southern Africa'
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a11
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • “Staande, eenparig …”' Die aanvaarding van die kerkorde deur die
           NG Kerk in 1962.

    • Authors: Dolf Britz, Jaco Nel
      Abstract: In 1962, the differentiated Dutch Reformed Churches of South Africa united in one General Synod. This was done on the basis of a mutual Church Order. The Dutch Reformed Church experienced this as a distinctive moment of significance in its history. The “Message to all the members of the Dutch Reformed Church” reflected the Synod’s complacency. The General Synod was envisioned as the new flagship of the Dutch Reformed Church, which at that time, was aware of the high flourishing in its existence and influence in the country. Functional value was assigned to the new church order. However, there was a small minority of pastors and theologians, most notably W.D. Jonker, who assessed the role of the Church Order differently. For them, it had to be an instrument to reform the Church, a document to bring its theology and ecclesiology to account. The Church Order could, for that matter, address the theological justification of a policy of separation. This article deals with the way in which the Church Order was accommodated in the pragmatic, functional theology of the Dutch Reformed Church. The opportunity to deploy it as a core document for the sake of reformation in the Church’s life was lost.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a14
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • The Möbius strip of memory and history, faith, and fascism

    • Authors: Peter Houston
      Abstract: Giovanni Palermo was an Italian prisoner of war captured at the battle of Bardia on 3 January 1941 in Libya. He was transferred by ship to Durban and from there, taken to Zonderwater prisoner of war (POW) camp near Pretoria. Palermo published his memoir in 1972 detailing his capture and POW experiences. A close reading of his translated memoir presents several historical challenges. He uncritically makes his personal bias plain from the start, yet at the same time sees himself as the custodian of the true narrative of Italian POW history, even where the historical record indicates a contrary truth to his. Religious and political ideologies present themselves like a Möbius strip at various points throughout his memoir, not least with an opening endorsement by a Christian religious figure who frames what is to follow. Palermo's strongly held views on purity, his self-belief that he is the bearer of the real truth, and his desire to make Italy great again have contemporary societal and theological resonances.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a16
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • The abuse of spiritual authority among some African Neo-Pentecostals and
           its impact on human rights

    • Authors: Daniel Orogun, Jerry Pillay
      Abstract: As a part of the newer versions of the Pentecostal movement that evolved from the 1980s to date, the African Neo-Pentecostals (ANP) are characterised by the practice of spiritual authority (SA). Through the explanatory sequential model of mixed research method which involves juxtaposing a few qualitative pieces of evidence with quantitative empirical results from 414 respondents, this article investigated the existence of human rights violations among the ANP. The quantitative result showed that 82% of the total respondents on all questions agree that human rights abuse exists among the ANP. Subsequently, the article critiqued the practices using New Testament Theology and related human rights treatises on religious freedom. It then opined that when spiritual authority is misappropriated, spiritual authoritarianism becomes the practice, and the abuse of human rights is inevitable. In the end, recommendations were made for the sustainability of human rights irrespective of religious affiliation.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a17
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Indirect rule'

    • Authors: Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman
      Abstract: During the post-War period, British Methodist commentators have sought to portray their denomination in a favourable light by highlighting the manner in which this Church supported movements toward ecclesial autonomy in their former British colonies. This narrative, which at times attempts to contrast British Methodism with the United Methodist Church, holds that the “Methodist Church in Britain is not identical in ethos” to Methodism in “the United States,” which has struggled to retain a global presence (Beck 2002:106). However, while this may be so, it is evident that British Methodism has also continued to exert considerable influence in its former overseas districts which, after obtaining independence, have generally continued to retain the doctrinal standards that they inherited from the founding denomination. Taking the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe as an example, this essay explores the way in which these continue to exert a negative influence on the lives of many Christian people today.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a19
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Following Job's feet

    • Authors: Pieter van der Zwan
      Abstract: The feet are the base of the body but suggest mobility at the same time. As such an important corporeal part to be expected is that figurative language would develop around it hinting at unconscious associations to feet which might not be consciously logical. In the Book of Job the protagonist’s feet are mostly referred to as metaphors and then mainly with negative connotations. This is both because of the Satan’s attack on a man whom he suspects of having moral feet of clay and because of Job’s internal feuds with the feminine. Job experiences this as a sense of falling. A psychoanalytic perspective on metaphors for behaviour and especially on sexual euphemisms could penetrate through the façade of possible political correctness to add to a deeper understanding than the traditional exegesis has rendered thus far and give a glimpse of an underlying body-image.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a20
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Karl Barth, Walter Benjamin, and Historical Mediation

    • Authors: Dr. Khegan M. Delport
      Abstract: Following Jacob Taubes, this essay seeks to make a comparison of the work of Karl Barth and Walter Benjamin. I argue, with the assistance of Rowan Williams and Gillian Rose, that Barth and Benjamin, for differing reasons, refuse the mediation of the transcendence qua history and the created world. For Barth, this may be traced to his critique of natural theology and his rejection of the analogia entis, and his apparently inability to conceptualize how materiality and historicity may constitute a “fitting” mediation for divine self-disclosure, intimating a nascent voluntarism in his theology. For Benjamin, this failure to approximate mediation may be linked to the conceptual diastasis between metaphysics and law, which leads him to adopt the idea of divine violence of law-breaking, as opposed to the mythical violence of law-making, as a way of resolving the disjunction. However, following Rose, I argue that this leads to a pathological conception of the relation of immanence to transcendence and a messianic politics that avoids the labour of mourning and the constraints of the middle.
      PubDate: 2023-01-13
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a21
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2023)
  • Female participation in Judean family religions

    • Authors: Hendrik L. Bosman
      Abstract: In this contribution it will be argued that females in ancient Judean families not only played economic, educational, reproductive, and sexual roles, but also took part in religious activities performed within the extended family; and that this neglected religious role of females must be taken into consideration when reflecting on the status of females within the male-dominated beit `ab (“house of the father” or extended family). The possible role played by females in ancient “family religion” will be investigated by engaging with the research related to Judean Pillar Figurines and the role of the queen mother in Judean royal households. Against this background, it will be argued that it is possible that ancient Judahite families had heterarchical qualities despite their dominant hierarchical and patriarchal character in view of the religious agency of women suggested by archaeological evidence.
      PubDate: 2022-11-07
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.af2
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Mary of Nazareth as leader'

    • Authors: Ninnaku Oberholzer
      Abstract: Traditionally women are valued for their ability to bear children and often regarded as mere vessels for reproduction. This patriarchal view of women is notably encountered in the portrayal of the Virgin Mary, who throughout history has been regarded as a “vessel” for God’s message and therefore portrayed as a perpetual virgin, shrouded in servanthood and suffering. The aim of this article is to distinguish Mary from this tradition and the way the early church perpetuated the patriarchal custom of equating womanhood with motherhood. Instead, an exploration of Mary as occupying a leadership role is offered. This exploration will take place by way of a consideration of early Christian art that depicts Mary as a figurehead of the early church - which indicates that this depiction predates Mary’s assigned role as pious mother and the “vessel” of God. Ultimately, this contribution critiques the manner in which womanhood and motherhood are equated with one another and highlights the embeddedness of patriarchal influences in Christianity’s traditions.
      PubDate: 2022-11-07
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.af3
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • By blood or by choice'

    • Authors: Tanya Van Wyk
      Abstract: This article explores the range of the construct “family” in light of the author’s experience of how the death of a congregation-member exposed the strength, persistence and immovability of the construct, “family”. Despite different attempts and approaches to deconstruct and broaden the notion of what family refers to that originated in the 1970s, a traditional notion of what kinship (family) entails remains focused on ties that bind people by blood or by marriage. The article provides a brief overview and evaluation of different attempts at a postmodern understanding of family, but ultimately it is illustrated that there has been little change to the construct of family. The notion of “relational autonomy” from a Trinitarian theological perspective is presented as a more thorough foundation for familial ties that are characterised by a creative tension of both distance and belonging. This theological foundation provides a point of departure for a dynamic understanding of the range of choices related to what constitutes, “family”, which does not cast someone in the stone of the construct of a “family”, even beyond their own death.
      PubDate: 2022-11-07
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.af4
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Public Theology and the linguistic turn

    • Authors: Rachel Baard
      Abstract: In response to Dirkie Smit’s inaugural lecture at the University of Stellenbosch, In Diens van die Tale Kanaäns: Oor sistematiese teologie vandag, the question is raised: what is the relationship between language and theology' Traditionally theology subsumed rhetorical language under confessional language, but this shifted in the twentieth century as theologians started to pay more attention to the ways in which even confessional language shapes human experiences and actions and reflects and constitutes power relations. This linguistic turn has implications for public theology, i.e., theology done for the sake of the public good. First, it relates to the question of the role of culture and the reality of pluralism in theology, pointing to the need for careful balance between the emphasis on the church’s own historical language, and the need for critical and pluralistic perspectives to engage that language. At the same time, while the linguistic turn rightly points to the relationship between language and violence, care should be taken not to confuse the two and, in the process, ignore concrete concerns.
      PubDate: 2022-10-18
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.ad3
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Un-silencing “Conversion therapies” of LGBTIQ+ people in

    • Authors: Hanzline Davids
      Abstract: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and plus all other (LGBTIQ+) people often are being “corrected” by families through religious and cultural beliefs because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) that destabilises stable constructs of heteronormativity. For these belief systems, LGBTIQ+ people threaten the concept of family and associated values that inform the so-called social fabric and cohesion of sexuality and gender norms. In recent years, LGBTIQ+ people, human rights defenders, and academics have shed light on the practices of “conversion therapies” on the African continent in various forms as practised by religious and cultural communities. “Conversion therapy” is also called “reparative therapy” or “gay cure” interchangeably to describe different practices that are out to change, suppress or dissuade LGBTIQ+ people’s sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. This article will use short narrative audio video interviews conducted by openDemocracy to give voice to survivors of “conversion therapy” on the African continent. In these videos, survivors speak about the intersectional reality of family relations, mental health and religion’s impact on their well-being. Over the last few years, there has been a reappreciation of the doctrine of the Trinity. Bisexual Latin-American theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid views the Trinity as a critique of heteronormative binaries. Therefore, this article explores whether Althaus-Reid’s Trinitarian theology offers a counter theological narrative against “conversion practices” as advocated by families based on religion.
      PubDate: 2022-10-18
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.af1
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Ubuntu Justice and African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    • Authors: Peter White, Headman S Ntlapo
      Abstract: This article examines some of the missiological problems of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), taking into consideration the theological and missiological concepts of forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice. The article proposes the Ubuntu Justice concept’s viability as a missiological framework with which to respond to the activities of the TRC. The article further explores the methodology and the goal of public hearings and uses the “Gugulethu Seven” and the “PEBCO Three” cases to highlight the sacrosanctity of truth, remorse, and forgiveness in the process of reconciliation. This inquiry considers that as an African understanding and a strategy of upholding justice and maintaining peaceful relations, Ubuntu recognises the importance of the process of rehabilitating both the victim and the perpetrator. For the process of reconciliation to be genuine, the perpetrator must genuinely commit to treating the victim as an equal, affirming both the humanity and the dignity of the victim.
      PubDate: 2022-10-18
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a12
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • The Future of Nothingness

    • Authors: Calvin D. Ullrich
      Abstract: Tentatively emerging from a global pandemic, we are confronted with a horizon of immanent adversities: (1) the closing window for altering the trajectory of our climate crisis, (2) the political antagonisms that exacerbate greater polarization, and (3) the effects of late-stage capitalism that service these first two interconnected configurations. Far from indulging a doomsday pessimism or comfortable misanthropy, this article pursues two continental philosophers, situating them within the tradition of ‘negative political theology’ to think through a future of nothingness. Developing and then distinguishing between what is called the ‘plastic apocalypticism’ of the philosopher Catherine Malabou, which thinks the end of the world as such, and an ‘insistent messianic’ of the radical theologian, John D. Caputo, which takes the end of the world as the condition for saving it, an argument is made in favour of a mutual compatibility – recognizing the passing away of this world, its absolute contingency, but also the ‘event’ of God’s insistence. This messianic insistence and plastic revelation both resist divine intervention and instead look toward the formation of a new future, just as such a future (of nothingness) is the condition for the persistent interrogative of all concrete political arrangements.
      PubDate: 2022-10-18
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a13
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Sustainable eco-theology for African churches

    • Authors: Kivatsi Jonathan Kavusa
      Abstract: The article reflects on how African Christianity can attempt home-grown solutions for sustainable life in Africa. John Mbiti alleged that missionaries established a Christianity that befits European worldviews and despised African traditional values. Missions, though they brought the Gospel together with literacy and medicine, made westernization the way of human “advancement.” Locals came to believe that “progress” consists not in being themselves, but in imitating foreign ways. It impaired the hermeneutical abilities of Africans to understand the world through their own cultural systems. Today this impairment prevents the concept of connectedness of life to unfold in African life, churches, and politics. Just as their evangelisers, the converted African Christians relate with the earth in the mood of subject (humans) versus objects (nature). This article construes African moral dimension of nature, the sense of community (Ubuntu) and the cosmological role of kingship as vehicle for Christian hermeneutics of sustainability in Africa and African churches.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a8
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • A text-centred rhetorical analysis of 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

    • Authors: Hendrik Johannes Prinsloo
      Abstract: This article analyses 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10 from a rhetorical perspective. Instead of the typical approach which is used to analyse the letter in terms of ancient rhetorical theory, this article explains Paul’s rhetorical strategy found in the text itself; it is therefore called a text-centred rhetorical analysis which follows a minimum theoretical approach. Accordingly, the overall rhetorical strategy is identified in both pericopes. A discussion of the dominant and supportive arguments and rhetorical techniques follows the identification. This article illustrates how Paul adapts the ancient letter style to achieve his rhetorical objectives. It remains critically important to note that his pastoral concern confirms the favourable relationship that the congregation continued to have with God the Father, with Jesus the Lord and with the missionaries.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a9
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Swords to Plowshares

    • Authors: Hanna Reichel
      Abstract: The article uses the lens of design theory to conceptualize Dirk Smit et al.’s “reading the tradition against tradition” as a case of theological re-design of the doctrine of election. In analogy to creation originalis and creation continua, it introduces a distinction between electio originalis and election continua. It argues that theological conceptual redesign, which turns the doctrine of election from an instrument of violence and separation into an instrument of peace and hope, might not only be in the spirit of the biblical “swords to plowshares,” but might itself constitute a way of doing election as participation in the election continua.
      PubDate: 2022-07-28
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.ad1
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Queer Monumentality

    • Authors: Ella Myer
      Abstract: This article engages with Dirk J. Smit’s 1986 article “The Symbol of Reconciliation and Ideological Conflict in South Africa.” The author illustrates and modifies Smit’s analysis of symbols and their connection to ideology by way of a case study. The case study explores how LGBTQ Americans have sought to access symbolic power contained within their history. The author especially focuses on the forms that LGBTQ Americans have used to construct historical symbols. These forms are the tactical/ephemeral and the monumental. The author closes with a discussion of whether reconciliation symbolics play a role in representations of LGBTQ history in American society and specifically at Princeton Theological Seminary.
      PubDate: 2022-07-28
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.ad4
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Where are my brothers'

    • Authors: Maleke Kondemo
      Abstract: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been called the “rape capital” of the world. For almost two decades, people in the east of Congo have suffered violent abuses including killings, mass rape, mutilations, sexual slavery, and abductions, committed by local armed forces, rebels, and civilians. Helpless women and girls are raped, while the society looks on. Rape culture is upheld by the absence or lack of enforcement of laws addressing violence against women and discriminatory laws. In Genesis 34, while Dinah’s brothers are concerned and sympathise with their sister who has been raped by killing the rapist, Jacob kept silent. Approaching the text from a context of rape and sexual violence impunities against women, one is given the impression by the narrator that Jacob does not seem to be much concerned about his daughter’s rape but is obsessed by his own reputation, while Dinah’s two blood brothers desire for vengeance turns into excessive violence. If read from a bosadi womanhood perspective, Genesis 34 should stimulate the Congolese society to seek law enforcement strategies that would help reduce violence and end rape and sexual assault impunity against women. This article interrogates and examines the motives behind Jacob’s inaction and Levi and Simeon’s violent actions to challenge and outline the failures of the DRC system to support and care for women.
      PubDate: 2022-07-28
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a6
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Between cathedral and monastery: Creating balance between a pastor’s
           personal faith and public role

    • Authors: Peter David Langerman
      Abstract: The ordained ministry has a public component which links the ordained person to Christ as prophet, priest, and king. So, the ordained person has a prophetic role, a priestly role and a royal servant role that is defined incarnationally: the ordained person is a disciple who is called to incarnate hope in their prophetic role, incarnate love in their priestly role and incarnate faith in their royal servant role. In order to not neglect their own spiritual formation, ordained persons should use prayer, scripture, and spiritual direction as a means by which to maintain balance between their own personal faith and their public role.
      PubDate: 2022-07-28
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a7
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • In service of language'

    • Authors: Ernst M. Conradie
      Abstract: This contribution in honour of Professor Dirk Smit engages critically and constructively with his inaugural lecture at Stellenbosch University published in 2002 as “In diens van die tale Kanaäns' Oor sistematiese teologie vandag” (“In service of the language of Canaan' On systematic theology today”). It raises the question whether Smit, like his own Reformed supervisors, would agree that “the ear is more spiritual than they eye”. This may seem apparent given the emphasis on language in the title of his inaugural lecture. However, following four observations on the human senses, it is argued that a closer examination suggests that Smit seeks to do justice to all the human senses without reducing the significance of the ear, the word, language, and theological reflection. Smit affirms the emphasis on the Word of his Reformed teachers and clearly recognises the role of Spirit (not as subsidiary to Word), but the catholic (i.e. ecumenical) vision that has characterised his work allows him to recognise the other senses more so than his teachers.
      PubDate: 2022-07-19
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.ad2
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Verskuiwing van die Teologiese Skool van die Verenigende Gereformeerde
           Kerk in Suider-Afrika na die Universiteit van Stellenbosch

    • Authors: Natie C. Philander
      Abstract: In September 1998, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) terminated employment contracts of 51 lecturers, including six lecturers of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), due to a process of rationalisation. UWC unilaterally suspended the employment contracts of six church lecturers. The curatorium
      considered this action as a breach of contract, in view of the 1973 agreement of the church with UWC. In response to a presentation by Prof. G.D. Cloete at the URCSA Cape Regional Synod 1998 entitled: “Report of the future of the Faculty at the University of Western Cape,” the Synod assigned the task to the Cape Regional Synod Curatorium “to protect the interests of its students and lecturers; then (b) ensure the best possible theological training for future ministers.”
      A historical overview about the move of the Theological School of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) to Stellenbosch University (SU) follows. The article comprises letters, reports and collective decisions of the church that deal with the relocation of the Religion and Theological Faculty from UWC to SU.
      PubDate: 2022-07-19
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a5
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Odes of Solomon, the LXX Odes and worship

    • Authors: Annette Potgieter
      Abstract: The LXX Odes or the so-called Biblical odes are often overlooked in LXX studies. It is easy to confuse the LXX Odes with the pseudepigraphal Odes of Solomon. Both are collections of hymns that illuminates the early Christian reception of hymns and prayers. A distinction needs to be drawn between these collections. The LXX Odes consists of 14 songs and prayers which were transmitted by the Greek (Eastern) Church. It was from its inception used in liturgy. This article offers some remarks for orientation in the LXX Odes, but also explores whether the Odes can shed some light on early Christian worship and how it applies to our modern setting. It is the aim of this article to investigate the value of the Biblical Odes, particularly Ode 2, the Song of Moses, for our understanding of worship.
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a1
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Can human extinction be morally desirable'

    • Authors: Anton van Niekerk
      Abstract: According to David Benatar’s anti-natalism, the extinction of all sentient life, including that of humans, is morally desirable. That claim is contested in this article. The author commences by showing parallels between Benatar’s position and that of the existentialist Albert Camus. He points out that, also for Camus, the claim that "death is better" is meant in a moral sense. This is followed by a general exposition of Benatar’s anti-natalism. Particular attention is paid to Benatar’s argument about the “asymmetry of pleasure and pain”: the presence of pain is bad, whereas the presence of pleasure is good. However, whereas the absence of pain is good, it cannot necessarily be argued that the absence of pleasure is bad; what can, at most be claimed, is that the absence of pleasure is not bad. The author develops three arguments against Benatar’s position. He firstly (drawing on Dawkins) points out that Benatar’s position contests the most primordial of all instincts that characterize the phenomenon of life, i.e. reproduction. Secondly, drawing on Irenaeus and Hick, the author argues that the idea of a painless sentient existence is untenable. Thirdly, as suggested by the article’s title, the author argues that it does not make sense to promote a moral argument for the desirability of the non-existence of human life, since such an argument presupposes, for its very validity, due recognition as a moral argument or claim in an environment of morally responsible human interactions – that which Benatar’s argument suggests should disappear completely in the universe that he proposes.
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a2
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • On Listening'

    • Authors: Dirk J Smit
      Abstract: The article honours Denise Ackermann by seeking to understand why she named Karl Rahner as one of the theologians who influenced her own life and thought. Since the influence seems to flow from his Ignatian spirituality and practices of listening and discerning, the article attempts to understand the background, nature, and role of listening as spiritual practice in Rahner’s life and work. In this process, the tension between transcendental and categorical thinking for him illuminates the tension between listening to her own feelings on the one hand and listening to the Man on the Borrowed Donkey on the other hand, manifest in her own life and work.
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a3
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
  • Exploring a missional pedagogy for transforming discipleship:

    • Authors: Thomas J Smith , Nelus Niemandt
      Abstract: Within the international discourse on missional theology a recovery of a transforming discipleship has taken place to bring about a synchronicity between mission and discipleship. In the Dutch Reformed Church’s (DRC) missional turn, there was a shift in church polity and discipleship was added to the description of the roles and responsibilities of ministers and elders in the Church Order. In this article, this transforming discipleship will be researched in terms of a missional discipleship wherein a pedagogy for the cultivation of a transforming discipleship is proposed. Different elements of a missional pedagogy will be described as habitus, habitat, habituation, and habits. The research concludes with a proposal regarding the formation of missional habits by means of a missional rhythm of life and eight rhythms are proposed. This missional rhythm of life provides a discipleship imagination for embodiment. A missional rhythm of life may be a useful model for the DRC’s engagement of a transforming discipleship.
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.17570/stj.2022.v8n1.a4
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 1 (2022)
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