HTS Theological Studies

ISSNs: 0259-9422, 2072-8050

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    Philosophy Versus Theology in Medieval Islamic Thought.Ishraq Ali & Khawla Almulla - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (5):1-8.
    The encounter of the medieval Muslims with Greek philosophy undeniably shaped the course of their philosophical and theological thought. This encounter led to the complex and contentious issue of ‘philosophy versus theology’. Medieval Muslim thinkers needed to develop a response to the issue of philosophy versus theology. The present article will first highlight the response of the Islamic theologians to their encounter with Greek philosophy in the form of three major trends in medieval Islamic theology: (1) strong opposition to the (...)
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  2. A cross-cultural religiology between reductionism and anti-reductionism.Guicai Wang - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (5):6.
    ‘Religion’ has been subjected to two kinds of reduction: one from the various branches of religious studies, the other being the mutual ‘reduction’ among religions. We advocate a cross-cultural religiology and try to take a middle path between reductionism and anti-reductionism, responding to both kinds of reduction separately. As for the former reduction, we agree with a moderate reduction of religion by various religious disciplines on the one hand, and on the other hand, we propose to respect the religious whole (...)
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    A theology of child rearing for Nigerian fathers: A socio-rhetorical reading of Ephesians 6:4.Olubiyi A. Adewale - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):1-7.
    One of the major causes of juvenile delinquency almost anywhere in the world, including Nigeria, is abusive conditions in the homes. The abusive condition in the Nigerian situation is exacerbated by the authoritarian concept of the home. Children are usually seen as mere objects who are to obey their parents, especially the father who has an absolute power over his children. Christian parents too are guilty of being authoritarian and their favourite cliché is 'children, obey your parents'. This article aims (...)
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    The influence of Chinese ancient poetry and literature on college students’ mental anxiety.Jie Chen - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    This study analyses the influence and infection of traditional Chinese culture, starting from the cultural influence of ancient Chinese poetry and literature, and explores the impact and healing effect of traditional Chinese poetry and literature on college students’ psychological anxiety. Combining with traditional Chinese culture, it proposes intervention and treatment strategies for college students’ psychological anxiety. Through volunteer recruitment, 100 college students were recruited for comparative experiments, and the subjects were divided into an experimental group and a control group. The (...)
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    Building a united community: Reading the Johannine concept of unity through the eyes of an Akan.Godibert K. Gharbin & Ernest van Eck - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    From the 1960s, African theologians sought to decolonise biblical scholarship, calling for a hermeneutical approach that pays attention to the African sociocultural context – inculturation. One of the undergirding principles of inculturation is that there are African sociocultural questions that the Bible can address through the appropriate interpretative methodology. Thus, this culminated in the application of inculturation on different levels. Similarly, an analysis of Akan aphorisms – the anthology of valuable data on Akan anthropology and communitarian egalitarianism – and the (...)
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  6. Musicians as prophets: A comparative analysis of Winky D’s music and John the Baptist’s message.Ishanesu S. Gusha - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    This article has interrogated the prophetic role of musicians in Zimbabwe’s political discourse with Winky D’s latest album Eureka Eureka (which was launched on 31 December 2022) being the case study. Two tracks (Dzimba Dzemabwe and Ibotso) have been singled out for analysis. The message of John the Baptist in Luke 3:7–14 has been used as the framework for understanding the prophetic phenomenon of the 1st century AD Palestinian environment. The article has employed the comparative methodology in comparing these two (...)
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    The influence of cultural identity education on students’ positive psychology.Meili He - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    The aim of this study was to Analysed the influence of Chinese traditional culture identity education on the positive psychology of university students. The study selected 200 students as the research object and divided into experimental group and control group. The students in the experimental group received traditional cultural identity education courses combined with practical activities, while the control group implemented conventional courses. After implementing the program, students’ learning efficiency is significantly improved and their learning anxiety is reduced. The learning (...)
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    How amazing is ‘amazing grace’? A radical re-reading of Philemon from an African perspective.Benson O. Igboin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4).
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    Contextuality, interculturality and decolonisation as schemes of power relations.Benson O. Igboin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):1-11.
    Western imperialism and colonialism have tremendously affected the epistemological conception of Africa and Africans. In the same vein, early missionaries did not countenance the cosmologies and lived experiences of the Africans in their interpretation and application of the Bible. On the contrary, they imposed Western epistemologies and theological images on Africa. Although much work has been carried out in these areas, little attention has been devoted to how contextuality, interculturality and decolonisation are exercised in power struggles: the power to define (...)
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    That they may be one (Jn 17:11): Mending the seamless coat of Christ in Assemblies of God Nigeria.Ezichi A. Ituma, Kalu O. Ogbu & Prince E. Peters - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    Assemblies of God church in Nigeria, which has for over 40 years now, experienced various crises that have led to sucession and factionalism in that church. The once giant of spirituality and the mother of Pentecostalism has grappled with the problem of administration, leadership tussle and bigotry. This study is a review of previous and current crises that AG Nigeria has gone through at the General Council level in a bid to mend what seems to have torn asunder the seamless (...)
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    The aesthetics of Gannan Hakka architecture in modern housing: A design psychology perspective.Xiang Lei, Hao Cao & Limin Guo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    The rapid acceleration of societal change has subjected contemporary individuals to prolonged periods of diverse pressures, leading to substantial psychological strain, resulting in anxiety, depression, and compromised mental well-being. Within this context, the home has evolved into a vital refuge for modern individuals, offering both physical and psychological respite. Through experimental intervention, this study examines two distinct residential groups: those adhering to traditional housing and those residing in characteristic folk houses, specifically Gannan Hakka architecture. Analysing the psychological state of contemporary (...)
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    Innovation in ideological and political education in higher education institutions for student development.Xiaohui Lin & Caiying Zhong - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    This study aims to explore the promoting effect of the combination of mental health education and ideological and political education for college students on improving their comprehensive psychological quality and ideological and political theoretical level. The research adopts a combination of system analysis methods, experimental methods and clustering algorithms, and conducts course experiments through experimental methods, providing basic data. In the process of the experiment, from the perspective of educational psychology theory, the systematic analysis method is used to distinguish subject (...)
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    Power and accountability – Using Biblical lenses to explore contemporary challenges in Africa.Canisius Mwandayi & Martin Mukole - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):6.
    The Bible is one of the most influential documents in human history that has not only changed believers’ lives but has also greatly influenced our society whether one is a Christian or not. While the Western world has somehow managed to remove the Bible from the public sphere and religion relegated as the opium of the oppressed masses in the Communist bloc, to Africans, the Bible has remained a moral compass without which human life becomes ungovernable. As the Bible has (...)
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    COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy in South Africa: Biblical discourse.Tshifhiwa S. Netshapapame - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):1-7.
    Churches have always been regarded as a safe haven during calamities. This changed during COVID-19 lockdown when churches were forced to shut down. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a new normal to the world at large, calling for immediate action from authorities and introducing vaccination as an antidote. However, some religious practitioners as a vehicle of change through the institution of the church have been acting on the contrary because it discourages the uptake of vaccines, leading to vaccine hesitancy. COVID-19 (...)
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    Paul, a stranger in Africa?.Jeremy Punt - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):1-8.
    Scholars in the past have signalled the almost complete absence of Paul - as a cypher for the Pauline letters and tradition(s) - in Africa. The apparent lack of use or deliberate ignoring of Paul in Black, African and Liberation Theologies on the continent in all its pluralist variety and richness is generally taken as testimony to the perceived strangeness of the apostle in Africa. However, even if Paul's strangeness does not equate with his absence, at least not altogether, Paul's (...)
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    Research on psychological satisfaction of education work and learning of literary works.Yuanyuan Wang - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    The findings of this article reveal that the development of the independent learning model in the American literature curriculum positively impacts teachers’ job psychological satisfaction. This study highlights the contribution of autonomous learning mode in empowering students’ subjective status and enhancing their initiative, consequently reducing teachers’ psychological pressure and improving their overall satisfaction with their work. Contribution: The results of this study hold implications for scholars in the field, particularly those engaged in practical theology and religious educational studies.
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    Research on music education: Integrating synaesthesia theory and colour psychology.Jingzhou Yang - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):6.
    Music education can alleviate students’ psychological stress and play a positive role in the healthy growth and development of students. Synaesthesia theory is a relatively special cognitive phenomenon that can achieve connections between different sensory organs. Colour psychology can influence the change of mental state through the change of vision. In this study, synaesthesia theory and colour psychology were applied to music education, and the traditional music education method was used as the contrast method to set up the experiment. The (...)
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  18. The influence of ideological and political culture construction on students’ psychological quality.Ming Zhang & Buzhou Guo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):7.
    Ideological and political education in universities focuses on cultivating people’s good psychological qualities and regards positive psychology as an important entry point for the construction of ideological and political culture. This will provide new ideas for the reform and innovation of modern education. This study selected 300 students from six universities as the research subjects and analysed the impact of ideological and political cultural construction on students’ psychological quality from the perspective of positive psychology. The Psychological Scale (SAS) is used (...)
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    The influence of Internet economy on consumer psychology in the post-epidemic era.Junjing Zhao & Qi Li - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (4):6.
    The article aims to argue that the pandemic caused by COVID-19 strengthened religious faith. This objective is argued from the perspective of advanced economies studies. In the post epidemic era people’s lifestyle and shopping habits have undergone tremendous changes due to the development of the Internet economy. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, research pointed towards an alleviating effect of Internet usage for religious purposes. This study explores the impact of Internet economy on consumers’ psychology and behavior in the post epidemic (...)
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    ‘[Y]ou have had five husbands’: Interpreting the Samaritan woman’s marital experience (Jn 4:16–18) in the Nigerian context. [REVIEW]Solomon O. Ademiluka - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    The Samaritan woman in John 4 has been generally viewed as morally loose because of her marital experience. Nigerian women with similar experience are also perceived by many as morally deficient. This article examined the woman’s experience in light of divorce and remarriage in Nigeria. Employing the reader-oriented and descriptive methods, the essay found that in his encounter with the Samaritan woman Jesus did not accuse her of any sin. Moreover, the Pentateuchal laws, which were binding also on Samaritans, had (...)
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    The education of children in an Islamic family based on the Holy Qur’an.Sulieman Ibraheem Shelash Al-Hawary, Tribhuwan Kumar, Harikumar Pallathadka, Shadia Hamoud Alshahrani, Hadi Abdul Nabi Muhammad Al-Tamimi, Iskandar Muda & Nermeen Singer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):6.
    Education has been acknowledged as the key factor contributing to personality development and identity formation. To ensure appropriate education, it is thus of utmost importance to reflect on the power of the educational content. As a result, respecting Islamic values from a major authentic source, like the Holy Qur’an, paves the ground to fulfil this goal. On the contrary, the first and foremost educators to convey these values are the family, because each person mainly spends the time of one’s education (...)
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    Biblical interpretation during the era of the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives from Africa.Daniel N. A. Aryeh & Victor V. S. Molobi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    Biblical interpretation and/or hermeneutics is largely influenced by context and prevailing events and/or issues. This is attested by many scholars in the field. Previous pandemics have influenced the way biblical hermeneutics is conducted during the period. The situation is not too different from the emergence of COVID-19. The pandemic has been scripturalised to argue that it is the fulfilment of scriptural signs for the second coming of Jesus. Others assert that it is the result of human sins and 5G technology. (...)
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  23. Memorialisation of COVID-19 stories.Sindiso Bhebhe - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    Oral history is more than an epistemology of the subaltern who do not have any other avenues of narrating and preserving their ontologies. It transcends the academic domain and ventures into the field of therapy as it heals the broken hearted, the subjugated, the bereaved and in the process oscillating to an archive of memory and feelings. It is an epistemology that offers therapeutic healing not only to the downtrodden of the earth but also to the affluent members of the (...)
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    The obstacles of the spiritual journey in Serat Jatimurti and the Exodus Homily of Origen.Robby I. Chandra, Veronika S. S. Nugraheni, A. C. Jonch & Budiman Widjaja - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Many religions use figurative language to convey their teachings on the spiritual journey. Identifying their similarities and differences might deepen the recognition of each core faith and create mutual appreciation. This article compared Serat Jatimurti, a Javanese indigenous spirituality text with the Exodus Homily of Origen, a text from antiquity. This article is a qualitative study to compare their teachings on the stages of the spiritual journey and the obstacles. The finding showed that both Serat Jatimurti and the Exodus Homily (...)
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    The liberation of women and girls as the liberation of Mother Earth: A theological discourse.Excellent Chireshe - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    This article, grounded in ecofeminism, considers the earth as symbolising women and girls and the liberation of women and girls as the liberation of the earth. When the environment is liberated from abuse, its capacity to sustain human life is enhanced. In the same way, when women and girls are freed from all forms of oppression and exploitation and are allowed to be self-actualising people, their capacity to contribute meaningfully to sustainable development and human welfare is enhanced. Given that women (...)
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    Investigation into the development of a methodology for the study of environmental discourses.Louisa J. du Toit - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):1-7.
    The need to decolonise the academy and academic writing requires that methodology for research be chosen carefully. The methodology of a study reflects the researcher's point of departure or worldview, as well as their belief system. The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has drastically influenced the functioning of higher education institutes, as well as how scholars plan and execute their research. This includes investigation into the global environmental crisis that is widely researched from various disciplines. These disciplines tend to (...)
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    Nyawiras as communal liberators: Accounting for life preservation roles among African women.Julius M. Gathogo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    In his book, Wizard of the Crow ( 2007 ), the renowned Kenyan novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, expresses the view that a successful society is only guaranteed when women issues are well settled. In light of post-colonial Africa and the era of COVID-19, African women – like the biblical Miriam, the co-liberator with Moses and Aaron (Mi 6:4) – are seen as Nyawiras (plural for Nyawira, the hardworking woman), as their critical role in preserving the family and society is evident. (...)
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    Realist literature, gender and gullibility in African Pentecostalism: The case of Chiundura Moyo’s Kereke Inofa.Enna S. Gudhlanga, Angeline M. Madongonda & Molly Manyonganise - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):9.
    There is a general consensus among religious scholars that Pentecostalism has risen phenomenally in Africa and Zimbabwe is no exception. In most cases, Pentecostalism has been presented as a sophisticated brand of Christianity while members of African Independent churches are shown to be gullible. The newly founded Pentecostal churches are more focused on gospreneurship while the media is busy with cases of cheating, dishonesty and the sexual abuse of women in these churches. Thus, academic scholars have begun to pay their (...)
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    COVID-19 Lockdown containment measures and women’s sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe.Anniegrace M. Hlatywayo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    The devastating COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying containment measures brought exceptional challenges to the health delivery system, and in particular, women’s sexual and reproductive healthcare (hereafter referred to as SRH). The re-routing of health resources and funding to mitigate the effects of the pandemic obstructed the provision of essential SRH services for women and girls. Coupled with the incessant socio-cultural and patriarchal norms and gender inequalities, the COVID-19 pandemic aggravated the pre-existing SRH disproportions already affecting women. By adopting a qualitative (...)
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    The shaping stratum of the Markan passion narrative.Mphumezi Hombana - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    This study is an attempt to investigate the shaping stratum of the Markan passion narrative (PN). The ultimate focus is on discovering the factors behind the text of Mark that influenced the shaping of the passion account. Since early form criticism, there has been an assumed tradition of an early existing passion account prior to the Markan narrative, to which we do not have access in our contemporary world. However, this study argues that the PN is shaped not only by (...)
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    An analysis of COVID-19 and spirituality among African Christian women.Benson O. Igboin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):9.
    There has been increasing research into the COVID-19 pandemic and the theological responses to it. However, not much research has been done on the COVID-19 and how women, particularly in Africa, utilised spiritual resources to respond to the pandemic. This article sought to bridge this gap. The article utilised both descriptive and analytical methods, and argued that many African women were more concerned about the health of the community than their male counterparts who concentrated more on arguments about the pandemic. (...)
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    Proverbs 31 in dialogue with Acts 9:36–43: An Afro-feminisation of Mother Earth for equity.Dorcas C. Juma - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    A close relationship between masculinity, alcoholism, widowhood and gendered poverty is evident in contemporary African society. Alcohol consumption among young men begins at an increasingly early age due to availability of low-priced alcohol presented in different varieties. Young, beautiful and sexy girls are used to advertise alcohol. Many young men are addicted to alcohol and totally unable to be free from alcohol addiction. This sad state coupled with the impact of globalisation on the economies of many African countries has left (...)
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    ‘Sharon’s’ blood through Judges 11:31–40: The sacrificial lambs in African women’s lenses.Dorcas C. Juma - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    The rate at which women and girls have been ‘butchered’ in Africa before and during the COVID-19 pandemic suggests that violence against women in patriarchal settings is more tolerable. According to Exodus 21:12, Leviticus 24:17, Deuteronomy 12:312, 2 Kings 17:31 and Isaiah 66:3, murder and human sacrifice are an abomination and defile the land. Unfortunately, it is heartbreaking to note how the murder of women finds justification, as shown in Judges 11:31–40. Ironically, in Genesis 22:13, the sacrifice of Isaac is (...)
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    Identity formation at the dawn of liturgical inculturation in the Ethiopian Episcopal Church.Phumezile Kama & John S. Klaasen - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):9.
    This article reflects on the impact of the inculturation of liturgy in the Ethiopian Episcopal Church (EEC) on identity formation within the context of African Christianity. In the EEC, the quest for African Christian identity formation is essential in understanding the role of black culture at the advent of the inculturation of liturgy. Inculturation can be viewed as the meeting and interaction of the Christian gospel and local cultures where neither the liturgy nor the cultures are superior than the other. (...)
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    Beads of agency: Bemba women’s imbusa and indigenous marital communication.Mutale M. Kaunda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    In this article the author argues that indigenous Bemba women of Zambia used their culture of symbolic communication for marital sex agency. African women are often portrayed as not having agency and negotiating power when it comes to sex whether in marital or casual relationships. However, through imbusa teachings, Bemba women of Zambia had the negotiating power and agency over their sexual desires using indigenous beads as a marital communication tool before Christianity, interaction with various cultures, and colonial activity infiltrated (...)
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    Mission as ‘being with’ in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.Johannes J. Knoetze & Thabani Mkhize - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):9.
    This research investigated the impact measures (such as lockdowns) used to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) have on the church’s mission. When people face travel and assembly restrictions, the church as a community of witnesses testifying and participating in Christ’s work risks is being neutralised, and its presence weakened. What then does mission as ‘being with’ look like in these situations? Is faithful presence something one can turn on and off at will depending on the (...)
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    Pre-Islamic religious motifs (550 BC to 651 AD) on Iranian minor art with focus on rug motifs.Abouali Ladan & Jake Kaner - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    This article reviewed the influence of pre-Islamic religions such as Mithraism and Zoroastrianism on decorative elements of ancient Persian rugs. The article then evaluated the effect of the Islamic religion on Persian rugs. This was examined through extant evidence from pre–Islamic empire artefacts and publications in Persian carpet history, iconography and religious studies. Using spiritual motifs on some ancient rugs results from the important position of rugs in ancient Iranians’ lives. Believing the existence of religious motifs on Persian carpets is (...)
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    The shadow pandemic and the divine feminine in the diaspora: An analysis of Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth.Samiksha Laltha - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    This article engaged in a literary analysis of Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, with a specific focus on the shadow pandemic being domestic violence in the Indian diaspora, and on the film’s representation of the divine feminine in Indian culture. By using the lens of Hindu mythology, the feminine divine was given prominence. The film centres on the Indian diaspora in Canada. The Canadian diaspora was similar to the South African diaspora through its depiction of Indian and African people living (...)
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    'Creatures in our bed': Pandemics, posthumanism and predatory nature in _World War Z_ (2013).Samiksha Laltha - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):1-6.
    This article provided a literary analysis of the film text World War Z (2013, dir. Marc Forster) with a specific focus on the pandemic depicted in the film and its relationship to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This discussion foregrounded the figure of the 'zombie' and the cultural anxieties that this literary figure represents. The pandemic in the film is brought about through an environmental crisis that mimics our own. Mother Earth and nature, personified as female, feature significantly in (...)
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    Gender dynamics in church leadership: A case study of the Presbyterian Church and Full Gospel Mission in Cameroon.Helen N. Linonge-Fontebo & Magezi E. Baloyi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    The biblical creation of woman in which she was taken from man’s rib is one of the passages that are misinterpreted to solidify the subjection and oppression of women with the two Cameroonian Churches, Presbyterian and Full Gospel Mission (FGM). This implies that the complementarity that existed in pre-colonial leadership was eroded as a result. This article will use the qualitative approach to unmask and analyse the practices of gender inequality within the Presbyterian and FGM of Cameroon and the challenges (...)
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    Health determinants on healthy ageing in sub-Saharan Africa: A psychosocial and theo-gerontology.Tshenolo J. Madigele & Gift T. Baloyi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):10.
    This article explored health determinants on successful, healthy ageing in sub-Saharan Africa, using the case of Ramotswa in Botswana. The study used contextual, descriptive and qualitative approaches. It also explored the integrative nature of determinants to healthy and successful ageing by examining the biopsychological and physiological challenges. The article made use of the pastoral theological approach in understanding the complexity of ageing and revealing solutions for mitigating the health challenges encountered by older persons. While the article was theological in its (...)
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    COVID-19, gender and health: Recentring women in African indigenous health discourses in Zimbabwe for environmental conservation.Molly Manyonganise - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):9.
    In precolonial Africa, women were the major authorities in herbal remedies within their own homes and at the community level, where they focused on disease prevention and cure. Such roles were pushed to the periphery of Africa’s health discourse by the introduction of Western modes of healing. Furthermore, missionaries branded African indigenous medicine (AIM) as evil and categorised it within the sphere of witchcraft. However, the emergence of new diseases which conventional medicine has found difficult to cure seems to have (...)
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    COVID-19 vaccines, sexual reproductive health and rights: Negotiating sensitive terrain in Zimbabwe.Molly Manyonganise - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3).
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    Poverty with a feminine face: Theologising the feminisation of poverty in Mutasa District, Zimbabwe.Peter Masvotore & Lindah Tsara - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    The dissection of work based on biological sex orientation amid non-remunerated and remunerated work reduces females frugally and socially to become extra susceptible towards remaining poor and poorer in the society. This division is engineered by family, individual, communal and financial predicaments, especially those emanating from the cultural background, partisan and racial struggle circumstances or disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic. In Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, women are marginalised and excluded by social discrimination and poverty, hence the call for action by (...)
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    The phallocentric paradox and semantics of Eve’s myth in Zimbabwe’s contemporary national politics: An ecofeminist reading of Bulawayo’s novel, Glory.Esther Mavengano - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):9.
    NoViolet Bulawayo’s recently published novel titled, Glory, fictionalises the tragic fall of Robert Mugabe from the helm of power. The removal of Mugabe from power through the 2017 “military coup” engendered a problematic narrative that depicted the former first lady, Grace Mugabe as the biblical Eve’s doppelganger. The purported resemblance of Eve, a character from sacrosanct text, and Grace of contemporary Zimbabwe is often based on mythical and misogynist (mis)interpretations of the former as an epitome of sin and the latter (...)
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    Gender justice, law and religion in Zimbabwe: An evaluation of the role of sacred texts.Lillian Mhuru - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    Gender equality is something that the human race has been struggling with since time immemorial. No country has achieved gender equality despite the legislative, social, and economic gains for women. Therefore, modern society likes to blame certain groups, such as religion for the gender inequalities which are faced, more than others. The main focus of this study is to evaluate the role of religious leaders in promoting gender equality through the legislation and religious texts in Zimbabwe. The study further explores (...)
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    Culture and religion creolisation impact on digital advertisement of Muslim users of Instagram.Majid Mirvaisi & Azar Kaffashpoor - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Over the last decade, digitalisation has been a subject of increasing attention among scholars and practitioners. The effect of culture and religion on advertisements, consumerism and marketing, is deniable. The main goal of this research is to present a comprehensive conceptual model based on cultural and religious diversity in digital marketing. This research mainly includes introduction creolisation concept and the elements (religion, music, clothes and custom) as the most important factor in digital advertisement and branding. In this regard, this study (...)
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    Newman, Wesley and the logic of unity: An inductive approach to ecumenism.Daniel J. Pratt Morris-Chapman - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    It is a privilege to be invited to contribute to the Festschrift dedicated to Professor Johan Buitendag, Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. While his own work often examined the relationship between theology and natural science, he was also passionate about ecumenism and, in that spirit, the present essay utilised what might be described as an inductive approach to an important ecumenical question, the unity between Methodists and Catholics. Ecumenical dialogue is often (...)
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    Musha mukadzi: An African women’s religio-cultural resilience toolkit to endure pandemics.Martin Mujinga - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Life among most African families and communities revolves around women. In both African religion and culture, women’s lives oscillate between two opposite extremes of being at the centre and periphery at the same time. Women are both the healers and the often wounded by the system that respects them when there are problems and displaces them whenever there are opportunities. Their central role is expressed by a Shona proverb musha mukadzi (the home is a woman). This proverb expresses how women (...)
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    The role of women in managing the environmental crisis: A case study of Cyclone Idai in Chipinge, Zimbabwe.Rudo M. Mukurazhizha & Sarah Y. Matanga - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Some of the environmental crises can be avoided, but others come unannounced and the adverse effects affect the communities as a whole with women, children and people with disabilities being affected the most. The world is in constant flux where climate changes are affecting the daily lives of humanity and the ecosystem as a whole. Global efforts towards environmental crises are in place including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hyogo protocol and Sendai framework among other legislations, safeguarding the environment as (...)
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    The feminisation of poverty: A study of Ndau women of Muchadziya village in Chimanimani Zimbabwe.Terence Mupangwa - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):11.
    Poverty statistics in many countries of the developing world, with Zimbabwe being no exception, continue to show a gender-skewed trend, with women more than men increasingly being more affected. This is worrying, considering the fact that it is women who are the majority, and they carry the brunt of the burden for most household duties. Zimbabwe adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and yet women continue to be hit hard by poverty. This was a qualitative study involving interviews and focus (...)
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    Role of faith-based organisations and individuals in provision of health services in Zimbabwe.Ivy Musekiwa & Norbert Musekiwa - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    This article reflects on the increasing roles of faith-based organisations (FBOs) and individual followers in the provision of health services in Zimbabwe within the context of declining capabilities of state-funded and state-owned health facilities. In colonial and post-colonial Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular, FBOs have consistently contributed to the provision of public services and social security. We contend that state fragilities in the Zimbabwean political landscape result in severe public service delivery deficits that are often filled by FBOs (...)
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    Of sin, gender equality and environmental goodness - towards curbing the effects of necrophilia.Canisius Mwandayi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    The Old Testament connects environmental disasters with sin. The expulsion from the paradeiso (Gn 3:23–24), the plagues on Egypt (Ex 7–11) and droughts (Am 4.6; Jr 14:1–7) are all portrayed as linked with sin. Theologically, human sin, therefore, can lead to actions that have adverse effects upon humans and the environment. It is against this reality that this research explores the effects of necrophilia not only upon humans but also on the environment. The argument raised here is that while world (...)
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    The Gibean solution (Jgs 19-21) - a mirror to reclaiming women dignity in Zimbabwe.Canisius Mwandayi & Sophia Chirongoma - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Chronicling the history of gendered and sexualised violence in Zimbabwe, our article upholds the view that what transpired in Judges 19:20–48 offers the contemporary readers some important lessons that are worth pondering over. Looking through feminist hermeneutical lenses, we engage in a comparative analysis of the gender-based violations, human rights abuses, and the lack of hospitality depicted in Judges 19–21 with the lived realities of Zimbabwean women in our contemporary times. The discussion draws to a close by proffering a theology (...)
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    Students’ perspectives on drugs and alcohol abuse at a public university in Zambia.Nicholas Mwanza & Ganizani Mwale - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    Access to students’ perspectives on substance abuse is essential for effective youth intervention projects development. This study aimed to explore students’ perspectives on abuse of drugs and alcohol with probable development of student-led intervention strategies. The study was conducted at public universities in Zambia. Student’s perspectives on drugs and alcohol abuse were documented using a mixed method design that employed purposive and snowball sampling to select 200 respondents to questionnaires and 10 to in-depth interviews. A humanistic theory approach was applied (...)
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    Shifting notions in maternal health system of Johane Masowe Chishanu of Chitekete, Gokwe in Zimbabwe.Trevor Nkomo & Macloud Sipeyiye - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3).
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    Prayerful persistence: Luke 18:1–8 through the lens of resilience.Annette Potgieter - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):6.
    The parable of the widow and the unjust judge is unique to Luke. It forms part of three other parables shedding light on the coming of the Son of Man. It also bears striking resemblances with the parable of the friend at midnight, but unlike the friend of midnight, persistence is a focal point for interpreting the parable. There is an intersection between the parable of the unjust judge and resilience theory. Resilience may be understood as the ability to have (...)
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    ‘Awakening the mother mind’: Exploring the relationship between ego and the climate crisis.Duduetsang B. Rapitsenyane - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    As Vuzamazulu Credo Mutwa, a South African sangoma, gave his message to the world, he urged human beings to awaken the mother mind within them. He pleaded with human beings to let go of the warrior mind and start thinking like mothers and grandmothers. This article aimed to elaborate on Credo’s short and mystical message. The article interprets the warrior mind to be the masculine mind, while the mother mind is perceived as representing the feminine mind. Ego works well with (...)
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    From the ‘naked Spirit’ to a Nusantara contextual theology formula.Christar A. Rumbay, Munatar Kause, Vera H. Siahaan, Marianus Patora & Fereddy Siagian - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):6.
    Many contextual theology models have been shared, but no formula applies to all contexts, because each culture has specific and unique features. Indonesia shares a complex context and requires a proper approach for precise landing. This study aimed to formulate a contextual theology model on the Spirit suitable for Indonesians. It moves from the ‘naked Spirit’, a term provided by Vincent Donovan, originally ‘naked gospel’, highlighting the essence of the scripture or Spirit itself, to the Nusantara contextual formula. The Nusantara (...)
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    Early church hospitality-based Pentecostal mission in the religious moderation frame of Indonesia.Syani B. Rante Salu, Harls E. R. Siahaan, Nunuk Rinukti & Agustin Soewitomo Putri - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):6.
    In Indonesia, violence in the name of religion has occurred many times since the reformation began. The trigger is religious fundamentalism and radicalism that increases and affects intolerant actions, inter-religious conflicts and even terrorism. The Indonesian government has initiated religious moderation through the Ministry of Religion to minimise the negative impacts of excessive religious fanaticism. Christians, who are often victims of many acts of violence, should evaluate the religious practices that have been carried out so far. The mission of Christian (...)
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    Effects of gender-based violence on students’ well-being: A case of Mufulira College.Misheck Samakao & Hellen Manda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Institutions of higher learning have continued to record high cases of gender-based violence (GBV) despite all efforts put in place to fight the vice. The most common forms of GBV are physical, sexual assault and psychological violence. Women and girls make up the majority of the GBV victims worldwide. For many years, institutions of higher learning have proved to be fertile environments for GBV cases. The purpose of this study was to investigate effects of GBV on the well-being of students (...)
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    Surrogacy in Indonesia: The comparative legality and Islamic perspective.Bayu Sujadmiko, Novindri Aji, Leni W. Mulyani, Syawalluddin Al Rasyid & Intan F. Meutia - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    Reproductive health technology allows married couples who experience infertility to have a child through assisted reproductive technology (ART), such as the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. The transfer of the extracted embryo to the woman’s womb is called surrogacy technology (gestational surrogacy). The legality of the practice of surrogacy is still questionable, both on a national and international level. This research discussed the legality of surrogacy in some religious countries, focusing on Indonesia. This research used normative juridical research methods or (...)
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    Rethinking the identity and economic sustainability of the Church: Case of AOG BTG in Zimbabwe.Kimion Tagwirei & Maake Masango - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):10.
    With burgeoning economic challenges that have been hard-pressing Zimbabwe for more than a decade, most Zimbabwean classical Pentecostal churches who do not strategically multiply their revenue in reciprocal correspondence with God-given resources have been disabled and forced to narrow their missionary focus towards proclamation of the gospel and neglected other dimensions of mission, such as diakonia. The partial focus on the gospel in word without corresponding deeds portrayed an exclusively Salvationist and less integral image, and defaced ecclesiastic identification when Zimbabwe (...)
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    Sexuality in Folktales: Asset or Liability to Socialisation of Learners in Zimbabwean schools.Beatrice Taringa - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    The portrayal of sexuality in folktale course-books that are prescribed for secondary school learners in Zimbabwe is indeed a cause for concern. Not much attention, if any, has been given to exploring the portrayal of ‘sexuality’ especially in ChiShona prescribed course-books. This article qualitatively explored through content and discourse analysis the portrayal of ‘sexuality’ in folktales prescribed course-books based on an Afrocentric perspective of Unhu and Ubuntu. The study sought to determine whether course-books are an asset or a liability for (...)
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    Zimbabwean women’s experiences at Johanne Masowe WeChishanu Apostolic churches’ open ground gatherings.Priccilar Vengesai & Linda W. Naicker - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    The Constitution of Zimbabwe guarantees religious freedoms and freedom of association including for religious purposes. While people can gather for religious purposes, the main thrust of this paper is to investigate and unpack environmental crises caused by Christian gatherings and how women are affected by these environmental crises. The article focuses on the Johanne Masowe WeChishanu Apostolic churches. Environmental rights in terms of the Constitution recognize the need for one to be in a healthy environment. It also imposes an obligation (...)
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    Reductionism or holism? The two faces of biology.Joseph A. Walker & Thomas E. Cloete - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):7.
    Reductionism and holism, that is, antireductionism, are two of the prevailing paradigms within the philosophy of biology. Reductionists strive to understand biological phenomena by reducing them to a series of levels of complexity with each lower level forming the foundation for the subsequent level, by mapping such biological phenomena inasmuch as possible to the principal phenomena within the fundamental sciences of chemistry and physics. In this way, complex phenomena can be reduced to assemblages of more elementary explananda. Holism, in counterpart, (...)
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    The impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on women’s responsibility for domestic food provision: The Case of Marondera Urban in Zimbabwe.Sarah Y. Matanga & Memory R. Mukurazhizha - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (3):8.
    When pandemics hit communities, women are bound to suffer as most of the responsibilities of ensuring food security lie on them. This article assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the role that church-going women play in food provision. The qualitative study used interviews and focus group discussions to examine the toll of the pandemic-induced restrictions, especially with regard to their disruption of activities that ensure the provision of food for the family. They sought to identify how an environment (...)
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    Isupo: Assessing the relevance of Deuteronomy 25:5–10 in the Nigerian Christian context, with particular reference to the Yoruba. [REVIEW]Solomon O. Ademiluka - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):9.
    The description of levirate marriage in Deuteronomy 25:5–10 has reminiscences with the same practice in Africa, especially isupo (levirate marriage) among the Yoruba of south-west Nigeria. The article seeks the relevance of this text in Nigeria in the possibility of levirate marriage still being of some socio-economic value to Christian widows and the society at large. It employs the historical-critical and descriptive methods. The work finds that in both the Hebrew and African cultures, levirate marriage served the purpose of raising (...)
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    LXX Judith: Removing the fourth wall.Nicholas P. L. Allen & Pierre J. Jordaan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):9.
    Given the strong mimetic and dramatic qualities found in Judith the authors make the suggestion that perhaps, before LXX Judith became a fixed, written text, the basic fabula might well have been part of an oral tradition. The authors accept that an appropriately written dramatic work, whether transmitted through reading or an oral presentation, by means of its performative qualities, has the potential to achieve immediacy. Here, the audience may become captivated with its own familiarity and memory of popular, communally (...)
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    Religion and identity polarisation: A slight note from the frontier region.Muhammad N. Ichsan Azis, Muhammad Amir, Muh Subair, Syamsurijal Syamsurijal, Abdul Asis & Muhammad I. Syuhudi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    This article examined the recent emergence of the national and international issue of religious polarisation and identity, which affects some groups’ populism and fanaticism. Regarding social phenomena, religion and identity are intertwined like the two sides of a coin. This discourse has an impact how to interpret diversity on religious issues that are caused by political influences. Given the polarisation of identity politics and religion, the national and state campaign slogan ‘unity in diversity’ is merely wishful thinking. The polarisation of (...)
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    Unjust forgetting? Vosloo’s just memory and Mnangagwa’s forgetting in violently ruled Zimbabwe.Collium Banda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):11.
    Robert Vosloo’s theological-ethical notion of just memory, derived from Paul Ricoeur, is used to critique President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call to wounded Zimbabweans to let bygones be bygones. The question answered by the article is, in the light of Vosloo’s notion of just memory, what should Zimbabweans who have been wounded by Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front’s (ZANU-PF’s) violence do with their memories of violence? The article argues that, in cases of social injustice, remembrance, instead of forgetting, should be (...)
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    The address of reality as the voice of God in theological interpretation.Rick Benjamins - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2).
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    The effects of displacement, food crisis and a crippled economic production on women: The case of Ukraine and the book of Ruth.Sidney K. Berman - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):10.
    As of the time of writing of this paper (January 2023), Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a European refugee crisis, death and displacement of countless Ukrainians, worldwide food shortage, fuel crisis and inflation. By comparing the Ukrainian example and the book of Ruth, this paper demonstrates that the effects of forced migration, food shortage and arrested economic productivity are tilted against women. This results in sudden stati of family headship and breadwinner, inability to provide meals for or stabilise the (...)
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    Nathan the Wise: Dialogue without words.Jaco Beyers - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    The ‘dramatic poem’, Nathan der Weise [Nathan the Wise], was written in 1779 by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in Germany. The scene is set in medieval Jerusalem, where Sultan Saladin rules and where the wealthy merchant Jew, Nathan, lives with his adopted daughter Recha, who is saved from a burning house by a Christian Templar knight. It is clear from the characters that the poem has the making of a fine example of interreligious dialogue. The culmination of the interreligious encounter in (...)
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  75. The task and future of New Testament Studies.Cilliers Breytenbach - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    In the light of various new tendencies in New Testament Studies, this article charts out the task for future students and researchers in the field. Within the frame of newer socio-cognitive discourse studies, it builds on the semiotic foundation that controlled interpretation of the ancient Greek text as a complex sign-system enabling the community of professional readers to construct meaning fitting the text. Such interpretations need to simulate the interpretation process within the original epistemic community. The article aims to reassess (...)
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  76. Can norms bridge boundaries? Systems theory’s challenge to eco-theology and Earth system law.Nico Buitendag - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    The following article was written to honour Johan Buitendag’s contribution to the discipline of eco-theology. Assuming an interdisciplinary stance, eco-theology in general and his work, in particular, is observed from the position of legal theory and sociology. As such, eco-theology is not assessed on theological grounds but is treated interdisciplinary through comparison with environmental law. More specifically, the project of eco-theology is shown to share certain characteristics with the nascent subdiscipline of Earth systems law within environmental law. It is argued (...)
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  77. Be sealed with the Holy Spirit: Behind the metaphor in Ephesians 1:13.Robby I. Chandra, Agustinus M. L. Batlajery & A. Christian Jonch - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    This study explores the phrase ‘sealed with the Holy Spirit’ of Ephesians 1:13 as a metaphor, which relates the status of the recipients with the seal. Past studies view that the metaphor teaches about covenant or unity in God’s protection, assurance, and ownership. This study hypothesises that the author uses metaphor to address the recipients who have a deeper sentiment with a seal meaning they are both Jewish and Gentile Christians but especially those who are slaves. The study combines the (...)
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  78. A patristic perspective on the scope of xenolalic tongues.Eben De Jager - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    Many church fathers have been identified as having held a xenolalic view on the gift of tongues. Scholars who have shown evidence of this have, however, omitted to give sufficient attention to the scope of the tongues the church fathers detailed. Many of these church fathers, referenced, identify the gift of tongues as the ability to speak all languages. This supernatural ability to speak all languages has been appropriately designated as pan-xenolalia. This article aimed to highlight the existence and prevalence (...)
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  79. Gender-based violence as a destructive form of warfare against families: A practical theological response.Fazel E. Freeks - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    War is an appalling crisis and destructive force on human dignity and life. War was permitted in biblical times at the hand of God, with disastrous consequences for the nations of the Ancient World. The current war between Ukraine and Russia is fast becoming a global catastrophe, with the threat of World War III looming. Warfare destroys families, and families are vital units God instituted in society. The critical issue addressed in this article is the ruining effects of gender-based violence (...)
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    Alcohol abuse in African traditional religion: Education and enlightenment as panacea for integration and development.Emeka C. Ekeke & Elizabeth O. John - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    Alcoholism is endemic in Nigeria’s traditional religion and society. This abuse is especially common at New Yam festivals, Ekpe, Ekpo and Nmanwu masquerades festivals, burial rituals, birth, marriage and naming ceremonies. Some claim that this is driven by specific beliefs and activities in African culture, such as beliefs in ancestors, libation, hospitality and entertaining guests and strangers and the desire to maintain the cultural traditions of the ancestors. Alcohol abuse has generated major health and social issues for abusers, their families (...)
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  81. What content offers and how teachers teach: Religious Moderation-integrated teaching in Indonesia.Yusuf Hanafi, Muhammad Saefi, Tsania N. Diyana, M. Alifudin Ikhsan, Muhammad T. Yani, Oktaviani A. Suciptaningsih, Ade E. Anggraini & Intan S. Rufiana - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    What and how to teach religious moderation at the undergraduate level still concerns academics. This study aims to explore the perceptions of lecturers and students about the objectives, content, and strategies used in learning religious moderation. This study uses a multiple-case exploratory design with a qualitative approach. Data were collected through interviews with eight lecturers and 15 students from public and Islamic universities in Indonesia. Data analysis in this study used conventional content analysis methods with an inductive coding process. The (...)
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    Polemic on sharia tourism between Muslim and Christian in Indonesia.Abu Hapsin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    This article aimed to highlight how polemic between Muslims and Christians on halal tourism is discussed in Indonesia. The study concerned three research questions: How do Christians view halal tourism? Is the halal tourism a term that has the potential to build segregation according to the Christians’ perspective? How do Muslims respond to Christians on halal tourism? By reviewing related literature and conducting interviews and analysis using reception theory, this study reached the following conclusions. Firstly, Christian religious figures view on (...)
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    Natural theology after Darwin.John F. Haught - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):5.
    Has Darwinian science made natural theology obsolete, as many Christian scholars now believe? In this article, the author assumes that natural theology does not take place in a religious vacuum but instead borrows its sense of god from this or that specific faith tradition. Its task is not to arrive at an understanding of the divine mystery different from that of systematic or doctrinal theology. As the author shall argue here, however, the empirical grounding essential to natural theology must be (...)
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    The performative function of turmoil, trauma and tenacity in Judith 9–16: A speech act analysis.Risimati S. Hobyane - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    This article forms part of a larger project on the apocryphal Book of Judith. It explores the performative nature of turmoil, trauma and tenacity as found in the second half of the book (9–16). The impetus for this investigation is the work done by same author on chapters 1–8 of Judith while focusing on a similar theme. The present article suggests that the exploration of the turmoil, trauma and tenacity to be found in chapters 1–8 does not comprehensively represent all (...)
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    Early-church praxis: Selling land and possessions – A socio-historical study of Acts 2:45, 4:32–37.Mphumezi Hombana - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    This article attempts to rethink the early church praxis of selling the land and possessions in response to some of the problems the 1st century church were confronted with. Hence, this article attempts to answer the questions: what were the social, economic, and religious factors that led to the selling of land and possessions in the early church, and what were the implications of this practice for the community, including issues related to exploitation, inequality, and long-term sustainability of resources? This (...)
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    Towards redeeming ‘loyalty’ in functionalist Bible translation using the Hebrew ḥesed concept.Tobias J. Houston - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    Within translation studies, functionalist translations and even more specifically, translations guided by Skopos theory are very much purposeful activities. Skopos theory applied to Bible translation, however, is sometimes met with resistance by practitioners who believe that Skopos theory betrays too much of the source text. This article began by outlining Skopos theory and the additional notion of loyalty as introduced by Christiane Nord. Even with loyalty applied to the theory, many Bible translation practitioners continue to fear it. After the initial (...)
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    We are stardust: Dignity and right of non-human life on and beyond our planet.Traugott Jähnichen & Andreas Losch - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    Humankind is stardust, born of the evolution of life on Earth as part of the evolution of the universe. He is called to particular responsibility for all living beings and of creation itself. The article discusses whether and how, in the perspective of a theological ecocentrism, the dignity and rights of non-human beings are to be anchored in order to live according to this responsibility. The aim is to develop an ethic of self-limitation that is prepared to grant rights to (...)
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    The making of the people in 2 Maccabees 3 in the Heliodorus scene.Pierre J. Jordaan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    The view of the deity and the people in 2 Maccabees seems to be a dynamic rather than a stagnant relationship. On the one hand, the deity sometimes punishes his people through the enemy. However, in other instances, he defends them against the same enemy. In this sequence of events, the ‘Heliodorus scene’ in 2 Maccabees 3 is quite unique. A protagonist and his helpers (a man on a horse and two youths) as well as an antagonist and his helpers (...)
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    Ethics in medicine: Challenges in the 21st century.Ulrich H. J. Körtner - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    The article provides an overview of important topics in contemporary medical ethics. Methodologically, it is a literature review. The article addresses only a limited selection of the problematic areas, which are, however, related to each other: digitisation of medicine, genome editing, personalised medicine as well as ethical problems and dilemmas of allocation in healthcare. The global COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as a focus and trigger. Reflections on human rights and justice in medicine are fundamental not only on the individual and (...)
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  90. Erratum: Environmental awareness of Protestant youth in Germany: Perspectives from an empirical exploration.Thomas Kroeck - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):1.
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    Theology and cosmology in the Visuddhimagga of Buddhaghosa.Kobus Krüger - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    The need to find clarity concerning (1) the relationship between scientific and religious cosmological discourses and (2) the imagining of a space where various religions could meet in fruitful conciliation as far as (1) is concerned, formed the basis of the article. The aim of the article was to investigate the relevance of Buddhaghosa’s Visuddhimagga (5th CE, Pali compendium of Theravāda Buddhism) with regard to the above problems. The methodology employed involved clarifying the historical context of the Visuddhimagga ; understanding (...)
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    Buitendag Festschrift preface.Kobus S. Krüger - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):3.
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    Deuteronomistic theology in Psalms 44, 74, 80 and 89: Examined through the lens of trauma.Xi Li - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    Biblical scholars are divided regarding the presence of Deuteronomistic theology in Psalms 44, 74, 80 and 89. This article re-examines this issue through the lens of trauma and argues for two points. Firstly, Psalms 44, 74, 80 and 89 do not reject Deuteronomistic theology because the accusations of God in these psalms do not indicate attribution of responsibility but demonstrate trauma victims’ negative cognition and emotion associated with the traumatic event. Secondly, the concept of post-traumatic growth (PTG) helps to clarify (...)
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    Water metaphors and polyvalence in the Book of Proverbs.James Alfred Loader - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    This article argues that Proverbs 18:4 contains an exceptionally rich use of water as metaphors in sapiential literature. At the same time, the verse illustrates the multivalent applicability of a single proverb. Israel’s natural environment is shortly described as pictured in the biblical texts, suggesting the interplay of water and dry land in the ancient Near East. Water and dryness have ambivalent functions, as both are necessary and both can be dangerous. In order to understand Proverbs 18:4, a short overview (...)
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    The significance of freedom in God’s plan.Andreas May - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    By means of a synthesis of Christian faith, theology and natural sciences, the significance of freedom in God’s plan of creation and redemption was contemplated. The triune God is the foundation of all freedom. The freedom of his creatures is extremely important to God. Despite the Angelic Fall, he created our universe, in which on the path of evolution human beings were given the freedom to choose for or against God. Possibly, the humans who committed the Adamic Fall belonged to (...)
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    The transformation of theology in the present climate crisis.Jürgen Moltmann - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    Humanity is facing an ecological catastrophe. Culprits include a linear understanding of time which looks only to the future and the human belief in progress. This ideology has remained the same in the search for solutions; technological progress must provide the answer. However, the article argued that a green transformation is needed. Ecological justice is required. Not only the rights of humans but also of nature, the earth and animals should be respected. Ecological justice and social justice are connected. This (...)
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    Christianity in Africa: The cost of loyalty to Zionism.Marthie Momberg - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    For Israel, the demographic significance of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa presents an opportunity to exchange development aid, trade deals and military agreements for votes in global forums. In this article, the author examines the idea of Israel as a trustworthy diplomatic partner of African countries by considering the impact of Zionism on Christian views. The author drew on media articles for examples of initiatives with African countries, and on reports, calls and minutes of global bodies to reflect on ecclesial and (...)
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    Spritual reasoning of Samaniyah Tariqa’s seven grades in the context of integration of science.Munir Munir, Mailin Mailin & Idrus Alkaf - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):9.
    Scholars have widely discussed the paradigm of integration of Islam and science. Still, a model of integration of Islam and science that uses the reasoning of Martabat Tujuh [seven grades] has not been found. Therefore, this study sought to investigate the manuscripts of Shaykh Abdussamad al-Palimbani’s Martabat Tujuh in the integration of Islam and science. This study used a descriptive qualitative approach, and data collection techniques were documentation and interviews. This study found two spiritual reasons in the manuscript of Shaykh (...)
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    Missional tenet with incentive intent of and for witness study of 1 Corinthians 9:19–23.Takalani A. Muswubi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    Christ’s law of selfless and sacrificial love is the missional principle, an incentive intent not only of and for handling disputable matter, including a matter of eating the food that is offered to the idols (cf. 1 Cor 8:1–11:1) but also of and for gospel witness there and then, in the early Church and also here and now, in the recent church as it always is, given the missional history of the church. Using the grammatical-historical method of exegesis, this article (...)
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    COVID-19 crisis in relation to religion, health and poverty in Zimbabwe: A case study of the Harare urban communities.Joseph Muyangata & Sibiziwe Shumba - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    The COVID-19 pandemic which started in China in 2019, was originally described as a public health emergency of intercontinental concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 2020. Due to its speedy rate of spread, the WHO then declared it a pandemic after 6 weeks. The global spread of COVID-19 has been attributed to the high mobility between and within countries. Having noted the wide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every country affected, developed strict and restrictive public health (...)
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    Earth, gender and food security: Maria Zaloumis’ journey of feminising Agric-business in Zambia.Nelly Mwale - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    This article explores the interconnectedness of the earth, gender and food security in the Zambian context using the narrative of Maria Zaloumis (a female Zambian farmer) in the public sphere. It draws on a narrative research design by the restorying of Maria’s trajectory in Agric-business as informed by the African ecofeminist theory. The study shows that Maria was described as an emerging young farmer and an emblem of female entrepreneurship. Her trajectory mirrored the intersection of the earth, gender and food (...)
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    The lack of knowledge on HIV by pastors in the Thulamela Municipality: Pastoral power.Tshifhiwa S. Netshapapame & Itumeleng D. Mothoagae - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    The Church, as an institution, has pioneered ground-breaking interventions, although some of these interventions were also a vehicle for imperial colonisation. Through its missionary activities, the Church has exercised such a form of power over its flock. This article intends to analyse the extent of the knowledge that pastors in Thulamela Municipality, Limpopo Province, have concerning HIV/AIDS and the prejudices associated with the illness. The article applies a qualitative approach in ascertaining the extent of such knowledge as well as the (...)
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    Al-Bantānī and the Interpretation of Ṣifāt verses in Marāḥ Labīd.Umar Muhammad Noor & Abur Hamdi Usman - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    This article examines the stance held by a Meccan-Indonesian exegete in the 13 AH or 19 AD century, Muḥammad Nawawī al-Bantānī (d. 1230–1314 H/1813–1897 AD), in dealing with Ṣifāt verses in his exegetical work, Marāḥ Labīd li Kashf Ma’nā al-Qur’ān al-Majīd. As an established term, Ṣifāt verses refer to Quranic expressions that ostensibly ascribe anthropomorphic dimensions to God. Interpretation of such ambiguous verses has been bitterly contended since the 2/8th century and remains one of the most debated topics in the (...)
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    Corrigendum: The pastor as spiritual mediator between God and the congregation: Corruptions of the relationships of the ‘under-shepherd’, the ‘flock’ and the ‘chief shepherd’ in a Zambian context and their implications for spiritual maturity.Misheck Nyirenda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):1.
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    The sleeping soul doctrine of metaphysical anthropology in the Javanese death tradition.Daniel F. Panuntun, Wandrio Salewa, Admadi B. Dase & Friskila Bembe - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    The doctrine of the sleeping soul is a doctrine developed to accommodate local wisdom in Indonesia. This doctrine describes the metaphysical part of man after death. A local pearl of wisdom discussed is the Javanese death slametan tradition. The purpose of this article is to develop the doctrine of the sleeping soul according to the narrative of Jesus’ words in Mark 5:35–42 and the Prophet Daniel in Daniel 12:1–3 in representing the metaphysical anthropological view of the Javanese death slametan tradition (...)
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    Erratum: Prayerful persistence: Luke 18:1–8 through the lens of resilience.Annette Potgieter - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):1.
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    Education of children and young people in Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia and Laudato Si’.Grzegorz J. Pyźlak - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    The issues concerning education of children and young people are deeply inscribed into Pope Francis’ profound experience, as he gained knowledge and practised educating in Buenos Aires. He worked there in support of the universal education of children and young people who lived in the so-called barrios and villas miseria, which were the districts of poverty in the suburbs of this metropolis. This and other experiences of Jorge Mario Bergoglio contributed to his decisions to discuss the issues of education in (...)
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    Azan Pitu: The Pacification of Plagues rituals during the COVID-19 pandemic.Husnul Qodim & Wawan Hernawan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to the whole world, including Indonesia. People have made various efforts to overcome this outbreak. One of them is through local wisdom, such as in Cirebon-Indonesia. Cirebon people carry out the Azan Pitu ritual to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread in Cirebon. This study aims to explore the local knowledge system or local wisdom regarding Azan Pitu in overcoming the COVID-19 outbreak. The method used in this research is a qualitative method with observation (...)
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    The labourers in the vineyard, theory of value and agriculture.Mark Rathbone - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):8.
    The purpose of this article was to investigate the potential that the labour and subjective theory of value in the agricultural context may have for the interpretation of Matthew 20:1–16. This investigation highlighted the divergence in wages between workers, the exuberant remuneration strategy of the landowner, his generosity, the indignation of the labourers hired first and the landowner’s reluctance to reimburse them. I argued that the classic labour theory of value provides an explanation of why the indignant labourers were angry (...)
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    Synodality: Communion, participation and mission in action.Kelebogile T. Resane - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2).
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    The original justice in the context of natural sciences: Thomistic insights.Piotr Roszak - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    The picture of the beginnings of humankind presented by natural science is often contrasted with what is conveyed in Scripture. It has been pointed out that the Edenic state before sin – which we refer to as original justice – was a time of absolute perfection in which there was no room for any deficiency. According to Thomas Aquinas, however, this picture conflicts with what Paradise was as a state on the way to Heaven. For Aquinas, the difference between Paradise (...)
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    Communication skills according to Islamic teachings and students’ life skills.Rubino Rubino, Iskandar Muda, Ahmed Almedee, Sohaib Alam, Ali Dawod Ali, Rustam Sadikov & Elena Panova - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    Religious teachings express the fact that a human is a social being and associates with various people. In order to have a successful and safe life, we should refrain from any selfishness, harming others, malice and humiliating people and should always be forgiving, selfless and humble in relationships. Interpersonal relationships are one of the most important components of human life from birth to death; none of the potential capabilities of humans grow except in the shadow of interpersonal relationships. Learning correct (...)
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    Expanding our horizons for new discourses about ʾIslām and Islamic living.Sergio S. Scatolini - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    This article echoes the calls for systemically revisiting the theo-ontology and epistemology from which discourses on ʾIslām and Islamic living are construed. It highlights some Qurʾānic ideas that could contribute to founding this endeavour and approaches revelation from the Qurʾānic semiotics of divine revelation. Despite referring to the Qurʾānic Text, this contribution is not exegetical. Contribution: This article represents a reflection on Islamic fundamental theology. Although the revelation of the Qurʾān has ended, the process of reading, interpreting, and living continues.
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    Anthropomorphism according to Al-Ghazali (d. 1111) and Maimonides (d. 1204): A comparative discourse.Nurhanisah Senin, Khadijah Mohd Khambali Hambali, Wan Adli Wan Ramli, Mustafa Kamal Amat Misra & Nazneen Ismail - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    The existence of ‘human-like’ attributes and actions in the Qur’an and Hebrew Bible entails to various interpretations towards anthropomorphic verses among the Muslim and Jewish counterparts. Al-Ghazali and Maimonides in their discourses strongly affirmed the unity of God and refuted anthropomorphism. Therefore, this study expounded al-Ghazali and Maimonides’ methods in affirming the incorporeality of God through outlining the similarities and differences in their interpretation. This study was qualitative in nature which analyses writings of al-Ghazali and Maimonides in encountering anthropomorphism. It (...)
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    Teaching religion as change for social transformation in contemporary African and non-African universities: a South African manifesto.Corneliu C. Simut - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    This article is a research report on the international colloquium entitled ‘Re-Imagining Curricula for a Just University in a Vibrant Democracy’, hosted by the University of Pretoria in 2017 to address a series of prospective changes in religious studies curricula in African and non-African universities. Anchored in the principles of the Draft Framework Document, a South African manifesto authored by a team of specialists from the University of Pretoria advocating educational reform in the field of religion, the colloquium debated the (...)
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    A critical study of Pentecostal understanding of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts.Kalis Stevanus, Ivan Th J. Weismann, Christopher J. Luthy, Daniel Ronda & Randy F. Rouw - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    In faith and practice, Pentecostals put emphasis on practical issues as well as spiritual experience in their theological understanding and doctrinal teachings. The Pentecostals take their doctrine from certain empirical events. One of the spiritual experiences often underlined is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In interpreting the Book of Acts, Pentecostals tend to emphasise the theological character of the narratives and seldom their historical uniqueness. That is why Pentecostals stress the normative theological intent of the historical record for contemporary (...)
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    Veranderings in die NG Kerk se sosio-politieke omgewing: Refleksie op Kerkordes 1962 en 1998.Pieter J. Strauss - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    Socio-political changes in the Dutch Reformed Church: Reflected in church orders 1962 and 1998. The Confessio Belgica or Dutch Confession of Faith (1561), article 29 confesses 3 indications regarding the marks of a true church: the scriptural-based preaching of God’s Word, the scriptural service of the sacraments, and the maintaining of church discipline. A reformed church order gives guidelines how this should be achieved practically by the church. In applying itself to the entire life of a church, its church order (...)
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    The construction of environmental philosophy rooted in religiosity.Syefriyeni Syefriyeni & Dindin Nasrudin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    One of the causes of poor human-environment relations is the separation of the study of natural philosophy and human philosophy. The awareness to combine natural and human philosophy has been sparked by thinkers such as Henryk Skolimowski and Fritjof Capra. However, both are seen as not showing clear root values. Meanwhile, Sayyed Hossein Nasr has brought the concept of value in the combination of natural philosophy with human philosophy. However, he describes it as a mystical concept that is too complex (...)
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    Missio Dei’s complexity prefaced in synergism.Jonas S. Thinane - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    Augustine’s thoughts on human salvation not only influenced early Protestant theology but also dominated the conceptualisation of the missio Dei from the perspective of the 1952 Willingen Conference. His doctrine of synergism arguably only manifested much later in the conception of the missio Dei, which anticipated human obedience or active participation in the mission to attain the goal of human salvation. The idea of synergism in this regard, or in the context of the missio Dei, is that while salvation remains (...)
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    Alcoholism in Proverbs 23:19–21, 29–32 and the Tiv and Idoma people of Benue State.Favour C. Uroko - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2).
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    Women’s images and gender equality in Arabic textbooks for non-Arabic speakers: A case study on Al-Asas in Sudan.Yuyun R. Uyuni, Erni Haryanti & Izzuddin Izzuddin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):12.
    The purpose of this article was to analyse gender biases from the wider range of gender discussion written in Arabic textbooks Al-Asas volumes 1, 2 and 3, published by Sinan Al-Alamiyyah in Sudan. This research employed a qualitative approach with the implementation of critical discourse analysis (CDA). The results showed that unjust descriptions of female characters usually appear in textbooks: pictures of women as second-class and illustrations of gender bias. The pictures were always dominant among members of the community. Furthermore, (...)
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  122. Radical inclusivity and the journey on the way to somewhere [irgendwohin unterwegs].Andries G. Van Aarde & Pieter G. R. de Villiers - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):13.
    This article represents the genre of auto-ethnographic, autobiographical research. It consists of questions which evoke narrative responses because the questions register a life story in itself. Pieter G.R. de Villiers is the interpellator and Andries G. van Aarde the respondent. They are long-standing friends and both professors of New Testament studies. De Villiers is presently the editor at LitNet Academic (Religious Studies), and Van Aarde is the editor of HTS Theological Studies. Since 1990, De Villiers has been Executive Director of (...)
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    Categorial differences between religious and scientific language: The agency of God.Luco J. van den Brom - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    In the dialogue of scientists and theologians, participants experienced differences in linguistic usage of the various disciplines, for example different concepts, grammatical rules, characteristic terminology, specific phrases, and expressions. A fascinating subject of this dialogue concerned God’s agency in human history within space-time, where the concepts of ‘God’ and ‘divine agency’ were unusual. In the church tradition, believers learned to use these concepts using biblical training with narratives such as the Exodus or Babylon stories. But to handle these narratives in (...)
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    In which time and world do we live?Toine van den Hoogen - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    This article contributed to a project about Nature and Theology (Prof. Dr. J. Buitendag). The text questioned why our modern concept of nature must be reformulated in a contemporary concept of nature as the anthropocentrism of the modern concept of nature is criticised by a growing knowledge about the cohesion of many phenomena in the evolution of life on planet Earth. This criticism confronts theologians with fundamental deficiencies in their ongoing anthropological approach of life, especially human life. The article looked (...)
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  125. A Systematic Theological comparison of Religious Iconography: Referring to Groeber and Kinkade.Johan A. van Rooyen - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2).
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    Beyond mere repetition: On tradition, creativity and theological speech.Robert R. Vosloo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    This article argues for understanding Christian theological speech, including a Reformed engagement with confessions, as ‘traditioned creativity’. The argument is introduced by highlighting a theological hermeneutic that underlies the Belhar confession’s accompanying letter. This discussion points towards an account of Christian discourse that is ‘traditioned’ by the past but also moves beyond the mere repetition of the tradition’s authoritative statements. The article, therefore, affirms the need to distinguish between a living tradition and a narrow traditionalism. In addition, the article also (...)
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  127. Proclaiming the gospel in an interfaith environment: Missiological and ecumenical approach.Peter White - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    Proclaiming the gospel (Christian witnessing) in an interfaith environment is an increasingly critical concern for Christians in today’s globalised society. This article intends to explore a missiological and ecumenical approach to address the challenge of sharing the message of Christ in multi-religious contexts. Drawing on missiological and ecumenical perspectives, the article makes suggestions on how Christians can engage with members of other religions through respectful and authentic dialogue. Such an approach involves recognising the values and beliefs of other religions. The (...)
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    An ecospirituality of nature’s beauty: A hopeful conversation in the current climate crisis.Lisanne D. Winslow - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):6.
    Since our earliest hominid ancestors, humans have found nature beautiful, feeling a sense of the numinous in its presence. However, evolutionary biology has been unsuccessful in providing a satisfactory explanation for this phenomenon in terms of natural selection pressures. Firstly, the article takes a walk down anthropological memory lane, tracing the origins of why humans find nature beautiful, giving rise to religious and non-religious sensations. Secondly, the article explores why traditional natural selection mechanisms do not support a bio-aesthetic model that (...)
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  129. Semantic adjustment in Matthew 6:12 in the Smith-Van Dyck Arabic Bible.Yuangga K. Yahya, Zamzam Afandi & Ibnu Burdah - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (2):7.
    This research focused on one of the messages in the Lord’s Prayer, particularly Matthew 6:12 about prayer for forgiveness and forgiveness to others in order to suggest a concept revision for the sake of a rather normative modern Arabic audience. In the Smith-Van Dyck version, asking God for forgiveness serves as the basis for forgiving sinners by using the present and future form of the verb نغفر كما (as we will forgive). This translation is in contrast to 1881 Jesuit Arabic (...)
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    Systematic, substantive and functional comparison between the holy Qur’an and Pancasila.Subhan A. Acim & Lalu Sumardi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    The Qur’an and Pancasila are two sources of Indonesian values that are existentially different from each other. Despite the difference, they both factually could walk in harmony, and it is important to seek the similarities and differences between them. This article presents the systematic, substantive, and functional reasons for how they could work altogether by looking at the similarities and differences in anatomy, taxonomy, substance, and function of each component of the Qur’an and Pancasila. Utilizing a naturalistic approach with content (...)
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    The humanisation of women in the Tafsir Faidh Ar-Rahm'n by Kiai Saleh Darat.Yuyun Affandi, Agus Riyadi, Romlah Widayanti, Asep D. Abdullah, Kurnia Muhajarah & Nasitotul Janah - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):5.
    The dehumanisation of women has been recorded in world history. In religions one can easily find interpretations that tend to be discriminatory against women. This research aims to see the humanisation of women in the Tafsir Faidh Ar-Rahman by Kiai Sholeh Darat towards the position of women in Islam. This research is a library research. Data collection was done through documentation. Furthermore, the data were analysed qualitatively by a descriptive method. The results of the study showed that. The humanisation of (...)
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    ‘I bu Delaila ji aguba’: Revisiting the perception of sociopaths in an African community.Paulinus O. Agbo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Reports of increasing family violence abound in Nigeria. Although studies have implicated cultural constructs as the basis for this trend, this study specifically contemplated the nexus between the increased violence and Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD). The purpose of this study was to connect these abusive and violent behaviours in their specific contexts as evidence of ASPD. The study was hinged on autoethnographic research which I systematically analysed as lived experiences with a sociopath. Data for the analyses was drawn from purposively (...)
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    Spiritual intelligence, spiritual health and occupational stress in Islamic organisations.Qurratul Aini, Saad Ghazi Talib, Tawfeeq Alghazali, Muneam Hussein Ali, Zahraa Tariq Sahi, Tribhuwan Kumar, Iskandar Muda, Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel & Denok Sunarsi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    By reaching perfection and closeness to God and reaching the source of the light of existence, man can benefit from his endless mercy. Almighty God is absolute perfection, and nearness to absolute perfection is the main goal of creation. Considering that those who are not God do not have anything of their own, and whatever perfection God’s servants have is originally from God and belongs to him, the closer people get to God, the more they will benefit from God’s mercy. (...)
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    The education of children in an Islamic family based on the Holy Qur’an.Sulieman Ibraheem Shelash Al-Hawary, Tribhuwan Kumar, Harikumar Pallathadka, Shadia Hamoud Alshahrani, Hadi Abdul Nabi Muhammad Al-Tamimi, Iskandar Muda & Nermeen Singer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Education has been acknowledged as the key factor contributing to personality development and identity formation. To ensure appropriate education, it is thus of utmost importance to reflect on the power of the educational content. As a result, respecting Islamic values from a major authentic source, like the Holy Qur’an, paves the ground to fulfil this goal. On the contrary, the first and foremost educators to convey these values are the family, because each person mainly spends the time of one’s education (...)
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    Islam-based spiritual orientations and quality of work life among Muslims.Sulieman Ibraheem Shelash Al-Hawary, Satya Subrahmanyam, Iskandar Muda, Tribhuwan Kumar, Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel & Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Individuals’ beliefs, as well as their spiritual orientations (SOs), can affect the quality of their work life cycle. Given that a large portion of people’s lives are spent in organisations, it is crucial to consider the factors affecting quality of work life (QWL) among employees. Against this background, the present study investigated the effects of the Islam-based SOs on the QWL in Muslim employees working for Iraqi municipalities in 2022. For this purpose, an applied research design was adopted, using field (...)
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    Challenges of Church Planting in the Book of Acts, its implications for Contemporary Church.Akinyemi O. Alawode - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Contemplation and action: Christian and Islamic spirituality in dialogue.Syafa’Atun Almirzanah - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Prayer, meditation and contemplation have long been established as essentials in human life all over the world. Yet, even by a religious devotee, they are regarded in one way or another as insignificant and secondary: what is taken into accounts is just getting things done. Thus, prayer sounds simply as ‘saying words’, and meditation is an obscure and complicated practice not easily understood. Even if there is any advantage, it is recognised and perceived as totally detached from the life of (...)
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    Religious behaviours and commitment among Muslim healthcare workers in Malaysia.Muhammad Majdy Amiruddin, Shadia Hamoud Alshahrani, Ngakan K. A. Dwijendra, Sulieman Ibraheem Shelash Al-Hawary, Abduladheem Turki Jalil, Iskandar Muda, Harikumar Pallathadka & Denok Sunarsi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Religion is among the determinants of human beliefs and values in various societies, shaping people’s behaviours in a range of life aspects, including the workplace. In view of the influence of religion in Malaysia, this issue becomes highly significant. With regard to the profound impact of religion on creating individual and collective behaviours, the present study aims to investigate the effects of religious behaviours (RBs) on organisational commitment (OC) among Malaysian healthcare workers (HCWs) in 2022, by a survey method implemented (...)
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    Enhancing religious education through emotional and spiritual intelligence.Olivia Andrei - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    In the context of the changes and challenges of the 21st century, the main focus of education, especially religious education, is to prepare students to live purposeful and meaningful lives with well-developed analytic, emotional and spiritual abilities to assist them in achieving a life perspective that allows them to face the larger world with greater self-confidence and self-awareness. Therefore, the main objectives of the study are: to bring forward the concepts of religious education, emotional intelligence and spiritual intelligence; to discuss (...)
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    Spirituality and survivorship: Dealing with COVID-19.Arikhah Arikhah & Imam Taufiq - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Spiritual awareness can help survivors be free from the shackles of COVID-19 by offering effective and efficient solutions while still adhering to health protocols. This qualitative research article aims to reveal the spiritual experiences of COVID-19 survivors and the role of spirituality in the healing process. The data were randomly collected from 10 COVID-19 survivors as primary sources from Java, Indonesia, who vary in age (30+), gender and profession. In contrast, secondary data were taken from the survivors whose experiences are (...)
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  141. Understanding Islamic-oriented non-governmental organisation and how they are contrasted with NGO in outdoing Malaysia LGBT phenomenon.Jaffary Awang, Muhamad S. Abdul Aziz, Nur F. Abdul Rahman & Mohd I. Mohd Yusof - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The term non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has been well-known for the development of human rights, charity works and organisational developments. On the other hand, some NGOs also have their specialised roles to help the community such as in conflict resolution, cultural preservation, policy analysis and information provision. Apart from that, there are many categories of NGOs: Islamic-oriented non-governmental organisation (IONGOs), faith-based organisation (FBO), humanitarian NGOs (HNGOs) and government organised NGOs (GONGOs). However, in this research, the researchers focus on how IONGOs compare (...)
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    Festschrift: WA Dreyer.Jaco Beyers - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):5.
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    Romanian Orthodox elementary denominational schools in Transylvania (1868–1921).Paul Brusanowski - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This article presents the development of elementary schools supported by the Orthodox Church in Transylvania between 1868 and 1921. Until 1918, Transylvania belonged to Hungary. In 1918, it was united with the Kingdom of Romania. As Hungary was a particularly complex state in ethnic and confessional terms before 1918, the school system developed under the coordination and financing of the churches. The government intended to gradually replace them with schools run by communities or state. It was not until the end (...)
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    The impact of religious tourism on the economy and tourism industry.Lidia Sergeevna Budovich - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    Today, tourism, with its distinct and unique features, has become one of the largest and most profitable industries in the world economy and has provided a platform for changes in geographical spaces. This study was conducted with the aim of investigating the effects of religious tourism on the economic development of traditional settlements. The research method is descriptive and analytical. The independent variable is ‘religious tourism’, which is quantified by 10 components, and the dependent variables are ‘income’ and ‘employment’ in (...)
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  145. New lenses for a new future. Why science needs theology and why theology needs science.Johan Buitendag - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    The ecological crisis almost forces different disciplines to search together for a better world. We all share one earth: the closer we reach a certain point, the closer we come together. This places the paper amid the so-called science and religion dialogue in which theology increasingly cognises empirical research and scientific data. On the other hand, sciences are becoming increasingly aware of the need to transcend their evidential limitations to find a comprehensive paradigm. This paper will apply an exemplary methodology (...)
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    Pakikipagkapwa-tao as a mode of inter-religious dialogue in the contemporary Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic.Fides del Castillo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The study brought to the fore the issue of acute hunger and food insecurity in Philippine society during the COVID-19 pandemic. It utilised Filipino culture and the Catholic Church’s fidei depositum as a framework to unravel the forms of inter-religious dialogue in the country. The study was qualitative research that used a case study as it analysed inter-religious dialogue, particularly the dialogue of life and action among Filipinos during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. In the Philippine context, dialogue takes the (...)
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    Increasing religious tolerance levels among youth with Our Moderate Game app: Is it effective?Sulkhan Chakim, Fauzi Fauzi, Alief Budiyono, Adhitya R. B. Prasetiyo & Umi Solikhah - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Youths in Indonesia have different backgrounds, including religion, tradition, social environment, but there are similarities in-games. This study aims to analyze the effectiveness of OMG app use and changes in mindset among youths regarding understanding religious tolerance. This study used mixed methods. The data was collected using questionnaires, observations, and interviews. The Moderate Game (OMG) app effectively improved youth religious tolerance with an average relegious tolerance score in the control class of 51.46. In the experimental category, the average holy tolerance (...)
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    Patriarchy, couple counselling and testing in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Zimbabwe.Vimbai Chibango & Cheryl Potgieter - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends couple human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) counselling and testing (CHCT) as one of the beneficial and cost-effective means for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV within couple’s relationships. However, CHCT within the PMTCT of HIV settings in Zimbabwe remains low. This study explored adult men and women’s views from a rural district of Zimbabwe regarding the possible factors that facilitate or inhibit the uptake of CHCT for the PMTCT of HIV. The study utilised (...)
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    Metaphysics of cosmological models.Vasile Chira - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This article aims to address the metaphysical dimension of cosmological models, be they mythological, philosophical, religious or modern scientific, using multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodology. Such an approach is a novelty, both in the theological field and in the philosophical field and secular sciences, which studies the origin of man and the universe.Contribution: The originality of this article consists in introducing the concept of transcendental cosmology, which, along with spiritual cosmology can be a serious theological and philosophical reply to the Bing (...)
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    Women in Zimunya and the musha mukadzi or umuzi ngumama philosophy for sustainable livelihoods.Tracey Chirara & Sinenhlanhla S. Chisale - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    The musha mukadzi (Shona) or umuzi ngumama (Ndebele) is an African gendered philosophy that means women make up the home. This philosophy has been researched in African traditional religions (ATRs) and is interrogated from interdisciplinary angles in academia. African feminist research has highlighted how this philosophy can be derogatory, stereotyped and oppressive to women if it is naïvely used in domestic contexts. As a result, contemporary African feminists and gender scholars attempt to expose both the liberative and oppressive nature of (...)
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  151. Challenges of Islamic education in the new era of information and communication technologies.Maulana Andinata Dalimunthe, Harikumar Pallathadka, Iskandar Muda, Dolpriya Devi Manoharmayum, Akhter Habib Shah, Natalia Alekseevna Prodanova, Mirsalim Elmirzayevich Mamarajabov & Nermeen Singer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Various consequences of social networks in virtual space are expanding as a new phenomenon in Islamic societies in line with other societies. Social science thinkers point to the two-sided role of the Internet and virtual space in economic, cultural and religious development. Humans need to communicate collectively based on their inherent nature. The media and means of mass communication, which had a slow growth in the past, have faced significant changes in the present era, in such a way that the (...)
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    The role of religious and cultural education as a resolution of radicalism conflict in Sibolga community.Muhammad D. Dasopang, Ismail F. A. Nasution & Azmil H. Lubis - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    This study aimed to investigate the role of religious and cultural education in solving radicalism conflicts that occurred in the Sibolga community in Indonesia. The method used in this research was qualitative with the type of grounded research. This study involved educational stakeholders and traditional as well as cultural leaders as informants in collecting data. These informants were chosen by using a purposive sampling technique. The data obtained in this study were qualitative data that were analysed descriptively by applying the (...)
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    The power of chiasmus: Exploring the prayer of Esther in LXX Esther.Sanrie M. de Beer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    As a figure constitutional of meaning within texts and schemes of thought, chiasmus plays an essential role. Taking chiasmi beyond their purely stylistic role calls for exploring their structural and meaning-defining role within texts and systems of thought. This study endeavoured to investigate the chiastic structure(s) of LXX Esther’s Addition C, the Prayer of Esther. The reverse parallelism of chiasmus can symbolise a wide series of affiliations. Jamin Pelkey’s semiotic typology of chiasmus was utilised as a heuristic prism to explore (...)
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    Drie Dreyers, twee kerklike kwessies –’n Klein kroniek.Yolanda Dreyer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Contextual pastoral education for responsible citizenship in a complex South Africa.Amanda L. Du Plessis - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    Universities’ teaching and learning strategies aim to prepare students for life and the workplace by creating a culture of innovation to solve real-life problems, so that they can participate constructively in society and lead fulfilling professional and personal lives. In order to reach this goal, teaching and learning must have at least three paradigms, namely pedagogical, cognitive and pragmatic or instrumentalist. A pragmatic paradigm presupposes practical, experiential teaching and learning. This paper explores interactive means within the pragmatic paradigm that can (...)
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    Cerebral faith and faith in praxis in the churches of European origin: The Presbyterian Church of South(ern) Africa.Graham A. Duncan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):11.
    This article investigated the paradox between church response to apartheid and resulting action at the local level in the South African churches of European origin from the perspective of the Presbyterian Church of South(ern) Africa (PCSA). It indicated that this discrepancy arose between the reflections (cerebral faith) at the highest levels of church councils, which operated in an intermittent manner and at a distance, compared with the responses (praxis as faith in action) of local church members who lived at the (...)
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    The ecclesiastical crisis of human sexuality: ‘Critical solidarity’, ‘critical distance’ or ‘critical engagement’.Graham A. Duncan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    The struggle and Islamic patriotism of Sunan Kalijaga in folktales of Central Java, Indonesia.Nugraheni E. Wardani - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    This study aims to describe and explain (1) the hero figure and his worldview in the folktales ‘The Legend of Sunan Kalijaga’ and ‘The Legend of Ki Ageng Pandanaran’; and (2) Sunan Kalijaga’s struggle and patriotism in the two folktales. This research is an exploratory qualitative research. The data of this research were two folktales of Central Java and informants. Data collection techniques by analysing two folktales and notes on the results of interviews with informants. Data analysis was then employed (...)
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    African Indigenous knowledge versus Western science in the Mbeere Mission of Kenya.Julius M. Gathogo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This article sets out to explore the way in which Western science and technology was received in the Mbeere Mission of central Kenya since August 1912 when a medical missionary, Dr T.W.W. Crawford, visited the area. In his dalliance with ecclesiastical matters, Crawford, a highly trained Canadian medical doctor, was sent by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) at Kigari-Embu, in 1910, to pioneer the Anglican mission in the vast area that included Mbeereland, where Mbeere Mission is situated. Contending with the (...)
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    1 and 2 Chronicles as a discourse of power.Ananda Geyser-Fouche - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):13.
    This article reflected a comparison of 1 and 2 Chronicles with its source documents. It transpires that the history of Israel and Judah is selectively retold by the authors of Chronicles with deliberate omissions and additions reflecting a certain emphasis. While the northern kingdom is negatively portrayed, the southern kingdom is positively evaluated. David is idealised as the perfect king. He is credited with founding the religious cult, which is contradicting the view in Exodus. The Jerusalem temple cult is legitimised (...)
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    Liturgical transformation of Diocesan Church in Palangkaraya, Indonesia.Fransiskus J. Hamu, Adison A. Sihombing, Zaenuddin H. Prasojo, Emanuel P. D. Martasudjita & Antonius D. Firmanto - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):11.
    The congregation is challenged by modern times that require various life adjustments, including priestly pastoral ministry. Therefore, this study examined the pastoral ministry style for the parishioner’s rural community of St. Petrus Paulus Ampah Diocese in Palangka Raya. A descriptive qualitative approach was used with data collected using participatory observations, in-depth interviews and document studies. Furthermore, the data analysis involved reducing, displaying and process verification. The participants included parish priests, catechists and station council administrators. The results showed that the congregations (...)
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    The contribution of infaq funds to socio-economic resilience during COVID-19 pandemic: An Islamic economics insight from Indonesia.Hamzah Hamzah & Agus Yudiawan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    This study aimed to analyse the contribution of infaq funds to the social and economic resilience of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic in West Papua, Indonesia. This study uses a mixed-method approach, combining qualitative and quantitative studies. Qualitative data were collected through focus group discussions with administrators, Dai [Islamic preacher] and mosque congregations to obtain information about the form and mechanism for disbursing infaq funds. Furthermore, the state of distribution of infaq funds is confirmed to the recipient community with (...)
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    Investigating the roles of philosophy, culture, language and Islam in Angkola’s local wisdom of ‘Dalihan Na Tolu’.Sumper M. Harahap & Hamka Hamka - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):10.
    This article aims at exploring the existing ideas of Angkola’s local wisdom with relevance to the roles of philosophy, culture, language, and Islam. This research employed the ethnographic method which utilised the data from figurative peoples in Angkola culture, Angkola’s cultural ceremonies, documents, and related media. The collected data were then reduced and analysed from philosophical, cultural, linguistic, and religious point of views to find the relevance. This research found that Dalihan Na Tolu covers triangle family members for Mora, Kahanggi, (...)
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    Public art aesthetics and psychological healing.Rong Hu - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Modern medical research shows that art aesthetic plays a positive role in healing and relieving people’s stress, improving mental health and improving social adaptability. Based on the aesthetic experience of visitors, this article conducts an empirical study on the aesthetic experience of the Long March Memorial Museum in Ninghua County, Fujian province, by means of survey data questionnaire (SD) and in-depth interview. Firstly, to conduct a questionnaire survey to understand the psychological characteristics of visitors’ aesthetic experience. Secondly, the combination of (...)
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    The study of freedom of expression in Islamic teachings with an emphasis on Nahj al-Balagha.Marlinda Irwanti, Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel, Tribhuwan Kumar, Iskandar Muda, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Huda Takleef AlSalami & Aalaa Yaseen Hassan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Freedom of expression is one of the issues of concern to human societies in the contemporary world, because this issue is one of the most important basic rights of people in societies due to its special nature, and on the other hand, it is always in conflict with the authoritarian point of view. Islam accepts freedom of expression for everyone in the Islamic society, but it has specified limits and regulations for it. These restrictions and conditions, more than cumbersome and (...)
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    That they may be one (Jn 17:11): Mending the seamless coat of Christ in Assemblies of God Nigeria.Ezichi A. Ituma, Kalu O. Ogbu & Prince E. Peters - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Islamic teachings and religious brotherhood in the Islamic society.M. Jamil, Syed Z. Abbas, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Natalya Ryafikovna Saenko & Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    The Holy Qur’an relates believers’ pure emotions to brotherhood. From the perspective of Islam, it has been also affirmed that two people have the same thoughts and opinions in one centre point of love in brotherhood, so fraternal feelings are not merely limited to kinship and consanguinity. In this line, the Holy Qur’an states that we have come to make you brothers with each other; not a brotherhood from parents, but an Islamic one, which is highly appreciated in the Islamic (...)
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    Religion, politics and science education in Pakistan: Analysis of Islamisation of science textbooks in tribal districts.Qasim Jan, Shakir Ullah, Baha Ul Haq & Yi Xie - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
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    Nurturing agency in emerging adults of local churches: a case study from Soshanguve.Kasebwe T. L. Kabongo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Emerging adults (age 35 and below) are the majority of the African population. In South Africa, for example, emerging adults make 63.9% of its population. This age group seems to be marginalised in Christian congregations of the township of Soshanguve where this research was conducted. This research is a case study that interviewed 30 de-churched emerging adults from different denominations to make its conclusions. It is stressing how the church could see the emerging adults’ empowerment as its contribution to building (...)
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    Allan Anderson’s African Pentecostalism theology and the ‘othering’.Selaelo T. Kgatla - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Allan Heaton Anderson is one of the few white South Africans who succeeded in getting out of the entrapment of racial prejudices when it came to the written history of African-initiated churches. He became aware of the fact that an authentic theology can only be examined within context, and thus his theological analysis of African independent churches (AICs) reflects his status in the margins. Anderson not only conducted research among the poor and the downtrodden, where he challenged assumptions made by (...)
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    The realising of religion moderation in Tareqa Al-Yusriyyah As-Siddiqiyyah Ash-Shadhiliyyah.Khusnul Khotimah & Mokhamad Sukron - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    This study aims to clarify certain ideas regarding Al-Yusriyyah Ash-Shdhiliyyah Siddqiyyah Tariqa and its function in religious moderation. Tareqa can be a new formula in realising harmony in religious diversity, in which the teaching principle of Tariqa is the spirit of improving moral and character. This is very important in living in diversity. By implementing Tariqa, a person understands religion not only from the outward side but also from the inner part of religion, so that it is expected to be (...)
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    Observing systemic conflict: The emotional affect on pastors in the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa.Frederick J. Labuschagne & Petrus L. Steenkamp - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    The Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) did not escape this existential crisis of conflict. It manifests in various ways resulting in the bleeding of congregations, the exodus of congregants and the closure of congregations, as many congregants that declare themselves as members of the Church do not attend worship services or participate in the Holy Communion and exit the church. The study was conducted in the NRCA to determine the effect and response formation of observed conflict by ministers in (...)
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    Pre-Islamic religious motifs (550 BC to 651 AD) on Iranian minor art with focus on rug motifs.Abouali Ladan & Jake Kaner - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This article reviewed the influence of pre-Islamic religions such as Mithraism and Zoroastrianism on decorative elements of ancient Persian rugs. The article then evaluated the effect of the Islamic religion on Persian rugs. This was examined through extant evidence from pre–Islamic empire artefacts and publications in Persian carpet history, iconography and religious studies. Using spiritual motifs on some ancient rugs results from the important position of rugs in ancient Iranians’ lives. Believing the existence of religious motifs on Persian carpets is (...)
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    The reception of the alternative voice by Afrikaans readers (1994–2002).Christina Landman - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    On 27 December 1994, woman theologian Christina Landman published her first contribution to the religious column Godsdiens Aktueel [Religion in Action] in the Afrikaans daily newspaper Beeld. The reaction of the Afrikaans readers of Beeld to what has been regarded by readers as ‘an alternative voice’ will be presented in this article. Although Landman is still writing for this column and has published 222 articles until 15 March 2023, in this article only the first 57 articles will be considered, published (...)
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    A comparison on Wang Yangming’s xin [heart-mind] and Husserl’s ego.Changhua Li - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Both Wang Yangming and Husserl adopted a subjective approach to their studies. Wang used his concept of xin [heart-mind] to guide the practice, while Husserl used his concept of ego to discover the truth of objects. A comparison on the descriptions, structures and functions of Wang Yangming’s xin and Husserl’s ego illustrated that xin and ego are different terms for the same thing. The distinction between the two scholars is their differences in teleology and study focus. But their studies can (...)
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    Theological interpretation of the Ma’parappo tradition in Christian marriage in the Tanalotong tribe, West Sulawesi.Deflit D. Lilo & Yusriani Sapitri - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    According to the doctrine in Christianity and the church in West Sulawesi, especially in Kalumpang and Bonehau areas, men and women who are legally married have the right to live together in a home. However, in the context of the tradition of the Tanalotong tribal community in West Sulawesi, there was still a traditional procession that must be followed by married couples. The couple would be separated for a certain period of time after the wedding party is over. This traditional (...)
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    Religious beliefs in public administration and behaviour surrounding abortion decriminalisation in COVID-19 era.Cruz García Lirios, Gilberto Bermúdez-Ruíz, Tirso Javier Hernandez Gracia, Juan Mansilla Sepúlveda, Victor Hugo Meriño Cordoba & Claudia Huaiquián Billeke - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    In the context of reproductive health, policies focused on decriminalising abortion that resulted in religious beliefs, attitudes and behaviours being affected. The main purpose of this article was to identify the religious beliefs of abortion in the emergency situations such as COVID-19. Although there is no general consensus regarding abortion, there is almost ‘general opposition to causing harm to life’ in most religions. In the current study, 28 indicators and four factors (seven for each factor) related to pregnancy termination were (...)
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    Internet of Bodies, datafied embodiment and our quantified religious future.Zheng Liu - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):12.
    This article discusses the datafied embodiment of the Internet of Bodies (IoB) technology by applying the methodology of postphenomenology. Firstly, the author claims that the boundaries of dual distinction between real and virtual, online and offline, and embodiment and disembodiment have become increasingly blurred. Secondly, the author argues that postphenomenology can help us to study today’s emerging technologies’ mediating role in human–world relations. Thirdly, the author analyses the implication of embodiment from phenomenological and postphenomenological perspectives and then demonstrates in what (...)
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    Theological education and character formation: Perceptions of theological leaders and students.Vhumani Magezi & Walter Madimutsa - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):10.
    Character formation is a mandatory requirement for all theological leaders and students. The purpose of this empirical and field research is to understand the perceptions of theological leaders and students regarding the role of theological education in ministerial character formation. The study seeks to discover the difficulty that theological institutions face as they develop and implement moral formation programs. Incongruencies tend to exist between what theological leaders do in the preparation of students for ministry and what they finally produce as (...)
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    Did Jesus change his mind about God? Jesus’ conscience viewed phenomenologically.Gert J. Malan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    A male body as communal space? Engaging sexuality and masculinities from selected sacred texts.Madipoane Masenya - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Women generating, reproducing and disseminating texts in a Deobandi madrasa in South Africa.Zahraa McDonald - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Religion moves into the realm of the rational the moment when specific and specified texts are generated, reproduced and disseminated according to Weber. As such, the capacity to generate, reproduce and disseminate concepts from texts is shown to be consequential. In Weber’s work, the presence of women is not overt. Scholarship has explored how women are positioned in religious texts, but comparatively little scholarship has engaged with how they generate, reproduce and disseminate texts. This article interrogates the position of women (...)
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    The Bride of Christ with a hellish existence on earth: Insights from Eboni Turman, the black church and black liberation theology.Hlulani M. Mdingi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This research is based on the reading of Eboni Turman’s work that focuses on body politics, especially through a theological paradigm. The study confirms that the body is a theological problem, and the extent of the problem stretches to the annals of Christian theology to the present, especially in light of racism, sexism and capitalism. The study will engage black womanist eschatology to draw from the rich well of seeing how the experience of black women gives new meaning to understanding (...)
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    Corrigendum: Protecting the rights of Muslim women in Indonesian diaspora marriages in Russia: An Islamic Law Perspective.Mesraini Mesraini, Ida Novianti, Sadari Sadari & Suwito Suwito - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):1.
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    Protecting the rights of Muslim women in Indonesian diaspora marriages in Russia: An Islamic Law Perspective.Mesraini Mesraini, Ida Novianti, Sadari Sadari & Suwito Suwito - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    This research focuses on the issue of human rights violations, particularly those affecting Muslim women in Indonesian diaspora marriages in Russia. Despite the regulations set by the Family Code of the Russian Federation, there have been reports of abuse, expulsion, withholding of documents and unilateral divorce. The purpose of this qualitative research using Smith’s phenomenological approach is to analyse the root causes of these violations and provide solutions. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, observation and documentation analysis. The results showed (...)
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  186. History unveiled: Theological perspectives from St John’s Revelation.Daniel Mihoc - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    This article aims to highlight St John’s peculiar perspectives on the meaning and the consequences of Christ’s sacrificial death for our apparently evil-dominated history and to bring a new light on the mystery of evil the Book of Revelation speaks about. My analysis begins with St John’s Christocentric perspective on history, continues with the significance of its driving forces revealed in the vision of the seals and ends with an evaluation of the evil triad, which tries to stop the unfolding (...)
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    Pentecostal preaching and Christology: An empirical study.Motsepe L. Mogoane, Malan Nel & Yolanda Dreyer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    Preaching is an important part of congregational worship in various church traditions globally. Through the years, there has been vast literature on preaching but not much about the phenomenon as it happens specifically in the Assemblies of God (Back to God). This article sought to explore factors affecting preaching, and its Christological aspects, in Pentecostal churches of the Western Reef Region of the Assemblies of God (Back to God), South Africa. The article aimed at contributing to research in this area (...)
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    The mutual corruption of volition and nature? A closer reading of Ad Thalassium 42.Sebastian Moldovan - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This article closely examines the content of an important passage in Maximos the Confessor’s Ad Thalassium 42, in which we can identify a ternary soteriological structure (Adam-Christ-us) recurring in the work of the Byzantine theologian. The main focus of the article is to highlight and analyse the relationship that he evokes, but does not detail, between human nature and the exercise of will – in the case of Adam, as the protological and lapsarian exemplar of humanity; in the case of (...)
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    The implementation of new minister of religion of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore criteria towards the Hijri calendar unification.Abdul Mufid & Thomas Djamaluddin - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This study aims to integrate hadith, astronomy and sociology studies in examining the implementation of Hijri calendar unification through a multidisciplinary approach. The Hijri calendar is based on the astronomical phenomena of the earth-moon-sun system and should refer to the provisions of Islamic law or fiqh to be implemented in worship. For the preparation of a good Hijri calendar, agreement on criteria, date line, and authority is necessary. Furthermore, agreement on criteria requires a valid argument based on astronomical studies. An (...)
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    Rereading Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd’s method of interpreting religious texts.Abdul Mufid, Abd Kadir Massoweang, Mujizatullah Mujizatullah, Abu Muslim & Zulkarnain Yani - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    The contemporary Qur’anic studies have been marked by amazing development. Various methods and approaches to understand the Qur’an are offered by the scholars. One of the prominent figures in this field is Nashr Hamid Abu Zayd. Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (1943–2010 M) is a highly controversial contemporary thinker. He is an Egyptian scholar who is accused of being apostate, because of his theory of qur’anic hermeneutic (the textual of Qur’an). This is reflected in his stances towards contemporary religious discourse and (...)
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    Qanun, religious education, religiosity and sexual activity among Muslim youth.Muhibbuthabry Muhibbuthabry, Jailani Jailani, Putra Apriadi Siregar & Evalina Franciska Hutasoit - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Muslim youths must shun free sexual behaviours. However, these actions are highly prevalent, especially among the Muslim youth. This study aimed to determine the effect of qanun (local regulations based on Islamic law), religiosity and religious education on the sexual activity of Muslim youth. The study used a case-control design carried out in the province of Aceh, which applies the qanun, and in the province of North Sumatra, which does not apply the qanun. Researchers interviewed 552 Muslim youths using the (...)
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    Religious moderation in Islamic religious education textbook and implementation in Indonesia.Rohmat Mulyana - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This study aims to investigate the concept of religious moderation in the form of values contained in Islamic religious education textbooks at the junior high school level and to analyse how these values are implemented in Bandung, West Java schools. This article employs qualitative data collection techniques, including a literature review, observation, and interviews. The study finds that the content of moderation values, such as non-violence, egalitarianism and fairness, and tolerance, aligns with the Indonesian government’s religious moderation pillars. The study (...)
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  193. Character building training model for young people to strengthen religious moderation.K. Munawir, Makmur Makmur, Muhammad N. A. Rasyid, Wahyuddin Naro, Syahruddin Usman & Hadi Pajarianto - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    Student character survey in Indonesia in 2021, on average, produced lower index numbers compared to last year’s index results. This research aims to explore the policies and content of Character Building Training (CBT), and the impact of the programme on student character. This research was qualitative, involving informants: 60 students and 8 lecturers, who were selected using purposive and snowball techniques, so that if the data were saturated, collecting the data was considered sufficient. Data were collected through observation and in-depth (...)
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    Spritual reasoning of Samaniyah Tariqa’s seven grades in the context of integration of science.Munir Munir, Mailin Mailin & Idrus Alkaf - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Scholars have widely discussed the paradigm of integration of Islam and science. Still, a model of integration of Islam and science that uses the reasoning of Martabat Tujuh [seven grades] has not been found. Therefore, this study sought to investigate the manuscripts of Shaykh Abdussamad al-Palimbani’s Martabat Tujuh in the integration of Islam and science. This study used a descriptive qualitative approach, and data collection techniques were documentation and interviews. This study found two spiritual reasons in the manuscript of Shaykh (...)
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    Emancipative Islamic theology and Hifz Al-Din: Muslim youth resistance against shamanism.Hasnah Nasution, Muhammad S. A. Nasution, Wulan Dayu, Hasan Matsum, Ahmad Tamami & Imam E. Islamy - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The resistance of Muslims to shamanism began when lies of the shamans were exposed on social media. Many shamans practise fraud under the guise of religion. Magical objects such as luminous daggers or stones that emit smoke, used by shamans as occult actors are also known to be objects of magic tricks that are sold freely and can be used by anyone. Scholars also continuously preach that Muslims’ belief in shamans is forbidden. Therefore, Muslims in Indonesia fear that believing in (...)
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    Values, accountability and trust among Muslim staff in Islamic organisations.Hasnah Nasution, Saman Ahmed Shihab, Sulieman Ibraheem Shelash Al-Hawary, Harikumar Pallathadka, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Le Van, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Tatiana Victorovna Morozova & Iskandar Muda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    While humans are the best of creations and God’s caliphs on Earth, such a status is always hard to achieve and necessitates many efforts and too much practice. This world also has a two-way path, one terminating in the lowest of the low and the other culminating in the highest of the high. It means that one way leads to misfortune and misery and the other to happiness and perfection. To attain happiness, accountability can be of utmost importance. Besides, the (...)
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    Al-Bantānī and the Interpretation of Ṣifāt verses in Marāḥ Labīd.Umar Muhammad Noor & Abur Hamdi Usman - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
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    Political and socio-economic convergence of religions in Nigeria: Positive views and interests.Daniel Orogun - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    A historical survey of the African Neo-Pentecostals’ response to digital transformation.Daniel O. Orogun & Jerry Pillay - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):11.
    The ongoing digital transformation (DT) in our world has not only brought change to secular systems but also to how things are done in the mission and ministry of the Christian faith. Although before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, some churches were interacting with DT, the post COVID-19 experience has shown that many more Christian organisations, especially, the African Neo-Pentecostal Churches (ANPC), have carved their niche in the digital space. With South Africa and Nigeria in view, this article investigated (...)
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    Youth religious moderation model and tolerance strengthening through intellectual humility.Hadi Pajarianto, Imam Pribadi & Nur S. Galugu - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):10.
    Religious moderation is a crucial issue, along with religious and cultural values that develop in society. Religious moderation’s success will significantly determine millennial Muslim youth’s tolerant attitudes, mediated by intellectual humility. This study aimed to identify and design a model of religious moderation on tolerance by mediating intellectual humility. The research used mixed methods; data analysis used NVivo 12 Plus (software by QSR International), to compile variable nominations; and Partial Least Squares - Structural Equation (PLS-SEM) creates research models. There were (...)
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    The study of Islamic teachings in education: With an emphasis on behavioural gentleness.Harikumar Pallathadka, Sulieman Ibraheem Shelash Al-Hawary, Iskandar Muda, Susilo H. Surahman, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami & Zarina Nasimova - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The human being is the most wonderful creation of God and the highest sign of his infinite power. Humanity is capable of achieving all divine perfections. God created them to reach the position of God’s closeness and God’s successor on Earth, and this path will not be realised except by the correct education. A human is a divine being who has settled in this earthly world, and correct education is the only way to achieve that sacred truth. Divine prophets have (...)
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    Virtual Religious Conflict: From Cyberspace to Reality.Awaludin Pimay & Agus Riyadi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Freedom of expression on social media is sometimes carried out unethically and often undermines religious symbols, resulting in friction and destructive actions. This research was conducted with the aim of knowing the polarisation of religious conflict in cyberspace and the process of diffusion of religious conflict from the virtual world to the real world. This type of research is descriptive qualitative. This research was conducted in Central Java, namely, in the cities of Solo and Semarang. The results of the study (...)
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    Representation of cultural values in Tempuutn Senarikng of Dayak Benuaq and Tunjung tribes.Nina Queena H. Putri, Andayani Andayani & Nugraheni E. Wardani - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Tempuutn Senarikng is one Indonesian mythical folklore telling the origins of humans in the Dayak Benuaq and Tunjung tribal communities. This research aims to represent the cultural values in Tempuutn Senarikng. This study is qualitative research using an ethnographic approach and interactive model data analysis techniques. The results show that Tempuutn Senarikng contains cultural values of the Dayak Benuaq and Tunjung tribal communities explaining that (1) the nature of the Dayak Benuaq and Tunjung people’s life is to try to avoid (...)
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    Abdul Hadi’s translations of Ahmad Raza: An internal logics approach.Auwais Rafudeen - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    This article employs an internal logics approach, developed in a recent work by Sher Ali Tareen, to the study of the Barelwi school in South Africa. This approach ties metaphysics to practice. Specifically, the article addresses some works of the school’s founder, Ahmad Raza Khan, as translated by South African Islamic scholar Abdul Hadi Qadiri, in the light of this approach. It then extrapolates the insights of this approach to a recent article by Sepetla Molapo, which highlights the importance of (...)
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    Religious beliefs, addiction tendency, sexual dysfunction and intention to divorce among Muslim couples.Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel, Abed Mahdavi, Wamaungo Juma Abdu, Rahmawati Azis, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Ria Margiana, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji & Narmin Beheshtizadeh - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Described as a gem in Islam, intellect can lead all individual and social behaviours towards balance, appeal and godliness. Given the utmost importance of protecting intellect in this divine religion, everything from eating and drinking to reading, listening and entertainment is thus considered haram [ viz. remains prohibited] if it makes threats to the health of mind and soul. In general, narcotics and substance abuse in all forms can have crushing and all-encompassing effects, that is, inflict heavy blows on the (...)
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    Following Islamic teachings in the governance of Islamic society with an emphasis on transparency.Abbas Ali Rastgar, Seyed Mehdi Mousavi Davoudi, H. Susilo Surahman & Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    Government is a rational necessity for mankind because a society without government leads to chaos. Government regulates the affairs of the individual and the community, implements the limits, and ensures the dignity and independence of the human society. Thinking in the main goals of the divine prophets, it is clear that achieving great goals such as liberating people from the domination and captivity of foreigners, comprehensive human education, reviving human values, establishing justice, bringing people to excellence and growth, etc., requires (...)
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    Transparent government based on Nahj al-Balagha and social trust among Muslim citizens.Abbas Ali Rastgar, Rekurd Sarhang Maghdid, Iskandar Muda & Seyed Mehdi Mousavi Davoudi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    As per the teachings of Islam, social trust involves placing others as the pillars of the Islamic countries, which needs to be maintained. Therefore, any promise or action that undermines the social trust of the people as a social capital is one of the most important anti-social factors that must be dealt with. In view of that, Islam is struggling against hypocrisy as an antisocial trend, because it damages social trust when a hypocrite preaches one thing and does another; in (...)
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    Understanding riddah in Islamic jurisprudence: Between textual interpretation and human rights.Rokhmadi Rokhmadi, Moh Khasan, Nasihun Amin & Umul Baroroh - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The application of the death penalty for perpetrators of riddah by fuqaha is a problematic violation of human rights. This is because there is no good reason to show that the punishment for riddah is the death penalty. The existence of the hadith which is considered to be the legitimacy of riddah punishment turns out to be very different from the reality of its application in the history of Islamic criminal law. This article aims to answer academic anxiety about the (...)
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    American utopias in the 19th century: Religious versus ideological farms in the west of the United States.Antonio Sanchez-Bayon, Estrella Trincado-Aznar & Francisco J. Sastre - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    This is a critical-hermeneutical and historical-comparative study on Political Economy, Economic History and Social Thought, applied to the American utopias in the 19th century and its role in the colonisation of the United States (US) west. This review is based on a heterodox economic approach, used in the disciplines of Religion and Economics. It gives a general view of religious and ideological utopias, as cooperative enterprises of intentional life in farms and workshop, making a comparative analysis of efficiency and sustainability. (...)
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    Perception of justice, citizens’ trust and participation in a democratic Islamic society.Bambang Saputra, Mohammed I. Alghamdi, Forqan Ali Hussein Al-Khafaji, Ammar Abdel Amir Al-Salami, Andrés Alexis Ramírez-Coronel & Iskandar Muda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    Justice has a high status in Islamic societies, and as one of the most important human ideals, has long been the focus of thinkers and researchers. In fact, when the citizens do not understand the presence of justice in the behaviour of the officials of their society, their trust in the current procedures, and consequently the public participation will be affected. Considering the importance of the subject, the present study has been conducted with the aim of investigating the effect of (...)
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    Teaching religion as change for social transformation in contemporary African and non-African universities: a South African manifesto.Corneliu C. Simut - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    This article is a research report on the international colloquium entitled ‘Re-Imagining Curricula for a Just University in a Vibrant Democracy’, hosted by the University of Pretoria in 2017 to address a series of prospective changes in religious studies curricula in African and non-African universities. Anchored in the principles of the Draft Framework Document, a South African manifesto authored by a team of specialists from the University of Pretoria advocating educational reform in the field of religion, the colloquium debated the (...)
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    Die Nederlandse Geloofsbelydenis en drie besondere ampte: Artikel 30 ’n verstarring?Piet J. Strauss - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    The Confessio Belgica and the three offices: Article 30 inflexible? The Confessio Belgica or Dutch Confession of Faith from 1561, one of the Three Formulas of Unity in the Dutch Reformed tradition, confesses in article 30 that the government of the church, as an institution of the Christian faith, should be spiritual and conducted by chosen consistories. These consistories should consist of ministers, elders and deacons. The norm or constant of three offices was excepted by churches in this tradition, but (...)
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    Unearthing the Liturgy’s true meaning to counter church secularisation: Father Alexander Schmemann.Ciprian I. Streza - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    Secularism is a very popular topic in social sciences and in theology. Father Alexander Dmitrievich Schmemann (1921–1983) addressed this topic and raised many questions, which are still very relevant in today’s Eastern European context. He presented the distinctive vision of the Eastern Church, according to which all the solutions to overcome the actual crisis caused by secularism can be found by rediscovering the Liturgy of the Church as the primary source not only for theology but for all other aspects of (...)
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    Cowongan in Javanese Islamic mysticism: A study of Islamic philosophy in Penginyongan society.Supriyanto Supriyanto - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    This study aims to reveal the interaction of local Javanese culture with an Islamic philosophical approach originating from the Cowongan tradition performed by shamans accompanied by dances with holy ladies and reciting mantras. This tradition is a prayer asking the gods to send down rain. This article emphasised that the Cowongan tradition places mystical power as the dominant element in life, which is embodied in symbols. The study of mysticism is closer to the study of Sufism which presents it as (...)
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    Periodisation of the philosophy of Islamic rationalism in the perspective of Zaki Naguib Mahmud.Supriyanto Supriyanto - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    In the current era of disruption, causality cannot be opposed to religion, so the independence of reason can contribute to the development of contemporary global thought in the Islamic world. This paper seeks to uncover the roots of the periodization of the philosophy of Islamic rationalism in the view of Zaki Naquib Mahmud. The primary data source is three books titled Arabiy baina Tsaqafatain, Tajdid Al-Fikr Al-Arabi, and Al-Ma’qul wa al-La Ma’qul fi Turatsina al-Fikribaik. Research data is a discourse that (...)
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    Biblical Languages: Challenges for postgraduate supervision in Old and New Testament Studies.Lodewyk Sutton - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    In South Africa and in many other countries in Africa and around the globe, the demand for more Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates has increased. With such a demand, a number of challenges also arise. In the discipline of Theology, these challenges are becoming apparent in Old and New Testament Studies, where these fields are experiencing a declining number of students enrolling for biblical languages. This problem is enhanced as the current inherent requirement to study for a PhD in Old (...)
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    Quran interpretation methodology, new media, and ideological contestation of Salafi in Sambas.Syarif Syarif, Saifuddin Herlambang & Bayu Suratman - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    This article elaborates on the Salafi youth movement in the village of Sambas. Salafi youth in rural areas adopted the strategy of urban Salafi movements by utilising new media to convey religious messages. Through social media, Salafi youth convey religious understanding in rural areas. This article shows that the presence of Salafis in rural areas has influenced religious dynamics and given rise to contestations of religious ideology among Muslim communities in rural areas. This research article uses qualitative research with a (...)
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  218. Battling with the baton: (Dis)connecting today and tomorrow’s leaders in African Pentecostalism.Kimion Tagwirei - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):5.
    Leadership praxis, development and succession can become a bloody battlefield in Africa, mainly because of economic, cultural, theological and political factors. Just like some secular leaders who fail to serve their mandate paradoxically fight for further conquest and retention of power at all costs, certain spiritual leaders miscarry Christian leadership, struggle to deliver their missionary service and tragically battle to stay in power, instead of passing the baton. Church leadership ought to be successional, transformational and intergenerational enough to disciple and (...)
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  219. Missio Dei refuting the pactum salutis.Jonas S. Thinane - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The doctrine of pactum salutis has in the past sparked serious theological debate and has often been rejected because of its contradictions with Reformed orthodoxy. Among other early church fathers and theologians, the pactum salutis is found in the writings of Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther. This doctrine is closely related to, or possibly overlaps with, the doctrine of predestination, as both involve the belief that God has already determined the object of his salvation. It has been (...)
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  220. A polyvalent hermeneutic of John 2:13-25: Theoretical and exegetical considerations.Johnson Thomaskutty - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Eerherstel aan Cas Labuschagne – Goed genoeg, betyds genoeg?André G. Ungerer - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Sabbath and Sunday: The meaning of the day of rest in the ancient church – A hope for the future?Cristian Vaida - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The Sabbath is part of Jewish tradition. In Christianity it has taken on a new meaning. Both faiths saw it as a gift from God, a tool to affirm one’s spiritual creed and identity, and a way to maintain a distinct faith identity. The secularism of contemporary society has resulted in a misinterpretation of the purpose of Sunday rest and a disregard for the spiritual aspects that the Sunday celebration involves. A false perception of Sunday rest has emerged in modern (...)
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    A Reformed theologian on a journey on a surpassing road.Andries G. Van Aarde - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1).
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    Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda: W.A. (Wim) Dreyer and the reformation of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa.Johan M. van der Merwe - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Prof. W.A. Dreyer played an important role in the continuous reformation of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA). This contribution to his Festschrift is not about him. He would not want that. It is about the church and how his understanding of reformed ecclesiology became the basis on which the transformation from ‘ Volkskerk ’ to missional church took place. According to himself, that was his calling and his life’s work. The importance of his contribution cannot be understood without (...)
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    Black and slave? ‘Mestizo’ Augustine on Ham.Johannes van Oort - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    After discussing the so-called Ham myth in South Africa, my focus is on the African church father Augustine (354–430). All texts from his immense oeuvre in which he mentions biblical Ham are reviewed in chronological order. In Against Faustus, the story of Noah and his sons is mainly explained as being Christological: Ham figures as a type of the unbelieving Jews who consented to the murder of Christ, but he is also a type of the Jews because he is ‘the (...)
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    Die kerkregtelike debat tydens die 73 Algemene Kerkvergadering van die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika.Barry J. Van Wyk - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    The ecclesiastical debate at the 73 General Church Assembly of the Dutch Reformed Church of Africa. Reformed churches emerged from the Reformation which commenced in the 16th century because of the input of well-known reformers such as Martin Luther (1483–1546) and John Calvin (1509–1564). Reformed churches are founded on a certain system of church polity known as presbyterial-synodal. This church orderly viewpoint amounts to the fact that it is a church where Jesus Christ is the sole ruler of the church, (...)
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    God, vertroue en twyfel: Die vroue in die konsentrasiekampe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog.Ignatius W. C. Van Wyk - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    God, trust and doubt: The women in the concentration camps of the Anglo-Boer or South African War.Many books and articles have been written on the religious concept of the Afrikaner women who suffered in and survived the concentration camps during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) in South Africa. It seems as if nothing has been written, though, on their image and understanding of God. This article is an attempt to close the gap in the research. These women’s understanding of God (...)
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  228. ‘Unhiding’ women: Decolonising the mind of a female systematic theologian.Tanya Van Wyk - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    This article will consider the parameters of systematic theological-‘knowledge’ today by examining the contribution of women’s theology to the field. This examination takes place in the context of debates about knowledge-construction within institutes of higher learning, and context of increased numbers of women theology students, as well as international emphasis on achieving gender equality, such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. With regard to curriculums of systematic theology, it is noted that a proverbial ‘canon within a canon’ exists with (...)
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    Six decades of Moltmann’s Theology of Hope and tangible hope in South Africa today.Jacobus M. Vorster - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Moltmann’s Theology of Hope still resonates in theological discourses 60 years after the publication of his epoch-making book containing this concept. At a time of fading hope among South Africans, a revisitation of Moltmann’s pattern of reasoning holds the promise of reward. This article focuses on the quest for raising tangible hope in South Africa and the possible contribution of the Theology of Hope in this regard. The central theoretical argument here will be that the failure of hope in South (...)
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    שָׁלוֹם proclamations in the Book of Jeremiah: The dilemma of Jeremiah 4:10 and 23:17.Wilhelm J. Wessels - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    The use of the noun שָׁלוֹם in the Book of Jeremiah, as it occurs in prophetic proclamations, is of interest for this article. From an overview of a number of passages, it seems that the utterances in Jeremiah 4:10 and 23:17 are contradictory. In Jeremiah 4:10, Jeremiah utters the phrase שָׁלוֹם יִהְיֶה לָכֶם, but in 23:17 he rebukes prophets for proclaiming the very same message. The author argues that the prophet Jeremiah, as he is portrayed in the Book of Jeremiah, (...)
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    Godsdienst in het onderwijs in Zuid-Afrika en Nederland: Een vergelijkende studie.Charl C. Wolhuter, Nico A. Broer & Johannes L. van der Walt - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    Religion in education in South Africa and the Netherlands: A comparative study. The aim of this article is the reconstruction and comparison of the historical evolution of the place and role of religion in education in South Africa and in the Netherlands. The article commences with an overview of the historical evolution of the place and role of religion in education, up to the present, and a discussion of the dissatisfaction and objections which could be and which have been levelled (...)
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    Besorat Hageulah: The Gospel of atonement in metanarrative justice and God’s love.Wahyoe R. Wulandari, Ivan Th J. Weismann, Robi Panggarra, Hengki Wijaya & Daniel Ronda - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    There are three main types of atonement, namely the ‘classic’ type where Christ is a Victor, the ‘Latin’ type where Christ is satisfaction and the type of ‘humanism’ in which God is Love. These three types contain language of violence. However, the most striking language of violence is the ‘Latin’ type, where God is seen as the Angry one, who is thirsty for blood and asking to be satisfied. The sacrifice of redemption is seen as the idea of ‘bribe to (...)
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    Black women’s bodies as sacrificial lambs at the altar.Sandisele L. Xhinti & Hundzukani P. Khosa-Nkatini - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The youth in South Africa are subject to unemployment and the pressure to fit into society. The unemployment rate in South Africa is high; therefore, some find themselves desperate for employment and often find themselves hoping and praying for a miracle; hence, the number of churches in South Africa is increasing. People go to church to be prayed for by ministers in a hope to better their lives and that of their families. Some of these young South Africans became victims (...)
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    The integration path of mental health education and college students’ ideological and political education.Li Xu - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):8.
    The traditional ideological and political education should keep pace with the times, and the physical and health education should highlight its value, and must combine the two. This study investigated on the integration path of mental health education and college students’ ideological and political education. A stratified random sampling was conducted on 2021 students of a higher vocational college. The subjects were divided into the control group and the experimental group. The experimental group was given the integrated intervention course of (...)
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    Black gods: The major assertions of the black Jewish movement in America.Amos Y. Luka - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):10.
    The black Jewish movement in the United States is an African American new religious movement often linked to black gods. This religious thought raises concerns and questions. Firstly, if the assertions of black Jews are factual, what happens to biblical Israelites and their historicity? Secondly, what is the background of black Jews, and how does that relate to biblical Israel? Thirdly, what are the primary religious claims of black Jews? This article is a critical evaluation of the religious-historical, biblical and (...)
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    Spiritual warfare in Africa: Towards understanding the classical model in light of witchcraft practices and the Christian response.Amos Y. Luka - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    The socio-religious panorama of the African religion deserves a close observation of its foundation and function. The perception of the spirit world is dominant in Africa. Similarly, spiritual warfare in the African context is prevalent in the mind and worldview of an African. Spiritual warfare derives its framework from African Traditional Religion (ATR). Hence, understanding ATR’s complexity helps us with the understanding of spiritual warfare. Some essential questions to understand would be what is spiritual warfare from an ATR perspective? How (...)
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    The spirit of Islam in Javanese mantra: Syncretism and education.Onok Y. Pamungkas, Hastangka Hastangka, Sabar B. Raharjo, Anang Sudigdo & Iskandar Agung - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):7.
    The history of the development of Islam in Indonesia often fails because of the rejection of the local community. Therefore, it is necessary to make ethical efforts so that society can accept Islam. This research is an attempt to explain the Mantra by Sunan Kalijaga (after this referred to as SKM) as a medium for spreading Islam. This research uses a qualitative research paradigm. The primary data source is the spell text in Serat Kidungan ingkang Jangkep. Data analysis techniques use (...)
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    Corrigendum: Medieval philosophy and theology.Chen Yuehua - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):1.
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    Exploring 19th-century medical mission in China: Forging modern roots of Chinese medicine.Youheng Zhang - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):9.
    During the 19th century, missionaries profoundly impacted China’s social and scientific advancement. Their efforts faced challenges because of deeply ingrained superstitions and polytheistic traditions. Missionaries adopted diverse approaches such as spreading scientific knowledge, establishing educational institutions and conducting medical missions to further their mission. Notably, medical missions played a vital role in alleviating suffering, eradicating prejudice and fostering opportunities for the spread of Christianity in China. Through providing medical services, missionaries gained trust and goodwill within local communities, showcasing Christian compassion (...)
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    Evaluation of the role of Islamic lifestyle in communication skills of Muslim couples.Ahmad Zuhri, Andrés A. Ramírez-Coronel, Sulieman I. S. Al-Hawary, Ngakan Ketut Acwin Dwijendra, Iskandar Muda, Harikumar Pallathadka, Muhammad M. Amiruddin & Denok Sunarsi - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):6.
    Lifestyle refers to a set of personal and group behaviours related to normative and semantic aspects of social life. Any coherent set of behavioural patterns derived from religious teachings that exist in life can be considered a religious lifestyle. Considering that the dominant religion in Jordan is Islam, the present study focused on the Islamic lifestyle. In addition, given that the correct relationship between couples has been compared to life-giving blood in marriage, and since the quality of marital role plays (...)
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    The significance of freedom in God’s plan.Andreas May - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 78 (2):8.
    By means of a synthesis of Christian faith, theology and natural sciences, the significance of freedom in God’s plan of creation and redemption was contemplated. The triune God is the foundation of all freedom. The freedom of his creatures is extremely important to God. Despite the Angelic Fall, he created our universe, in which on the path of evolution human beings were given the freedom to choose for or against God. Possibly, the humans who committed the Adamic Fall belonged to (...)
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    ‘I bu Delaila ji aguba’: Revisiting the perception of sociopaths in an African community.Paulinus O. Agbo - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 78 (1):9.
    Reports of increasing family violence abound in Nigeria. Although studies have implicated cultural constructs as the basis for this trend, this study specifically contemplated the nexus between the increased violence and Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD). The purpose of this study was to connect these abusive and violent behaviours in their specific contexts as evidence of ASPD. The study was hinged on autoethnographic research which I systematically analysed as lived experiences with a sociopath. Data for the analyses was drawn from purposively (...)
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