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    Assessing the Consistency of John Calvin’s Doctrine on Human Sinfulness.Nico Vorster - 2015 - Hts Theological Studies 71 (3).
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    Land and Identity in South Africa: An Immanent Moral Critique of Dominant Discourses in the Debate on Expropriation Without Compensation.Nico Vorster - 2019 - Hts Theological Studies 75 (4):1-9.
    Ownership is an important identity marker. It provides people with a sense of autonomy, rootedness and opportunity. This essay examines the oral submissions of civil organisations to the Joint Constitutional Review Committee about the issue of land expropriation without compensation. The discussion pays specific attention to the philosophical understandings of land and identity that emerged during the hearings. Three dominant trajectories came into play, namely land as commodity, land as social space and land as spiritual inheritance. Some submissions espoused more (...)
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    Just War and Virtue: Revisiting Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.Nico Vorster - 2015 - South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (1):55-68.
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    An Ethical Critique Of Milton Friedman's Doctrine On Economics And Freedom.Nico Vorster - 2010 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 9 (26):163-188.
    Milton Friedman was one of the most influential economists of the twentieth century. Many of the neo-liberal views that he advocated were adopted in the 1980’s by Western countries such as Britain and the United States. This essay focuses on Friedman’s views on politics, economics and freedom. The first section discusses his perspectives on the relation between capitalism and freedom, the nature of markets, his understanding of equality and of the social responsibility of business. The second section attempts to provide (...)
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    Reformed Theology and ‘Decolonised’ Identity. Finding a Grammar for Peaceful Coexistence.Nico Vorster - 2018 - Hts Theological Studies 74 (4):1-9.
    Decolonisation discourse has gained significant momentum in South Africa with the rise of the various #MustFall movements that strive to rid South Africa of its colonial vestiges. But does South Africa need another national metanarrative that envisions an ideal South Africa and champions utopian social ideals? Following the logic of Johan Degenaar and Dirkie Smit, this contribution argues that we should refrain from developing social meta-narratives that seek to frame a single South African identity and social ethos. However, we do (...)
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    From Virtue Ethics to Rights Ethics: Did the Reformation Pave the Way for Secular Ethics?Nico Vorster - 2014 - Hts Theological Studies 70 (1).
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    Christian Theology and Racist Ideology: A Case Study of Nazi Theology and Apartheid Theology.Nico Vorster - 2008 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 7 (19):144-161.
    This article focuses on the role that distorted Christian theology played in the construction of the racial ideologies of Nazism and Apartheid. The central theoretical argument is that these theologies were instrumental in sacralising the history of a specific group by creating origin myths, by idolising the ingroup, defining the outgroup, by providing racist ideologies with rituals and symbols and by creating final utopian solutions. The theological doctrines that were used are characterised by certain common features, such as a collectivist (...)
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    Are Liberty and Equality Compatible? For and Against. By Jan Narveson and James P Sterba. Pp. 278, Cambridge University Press, 2010, $66.04. [REVIEW]Nico Vorster - 2012 - Heythrop Journal 53 (3):532-533.
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    The Secular and the Sacred in the Thinking of John Milbank: A Critical Evaluation.Nico Vorster - 2012 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 11 (32):109-131.
    This article examines John Milbank's deconstruction of secular social theory, and the counter master narrative that he proposes. Milbank depicts secular social theory as based on an ontology of 'violence'. Instead, he proposes a participatory Christian master narrative based on an ontology of peace. Two questions are posed in this article. First, is Milbank's description of secular thought as undergirded by an ontology of violence valid? Second, does the Christian counter narrative that he proposes provide an adequate and viable social (...)
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    Killing From a Distance: A Christian Ethical Evaluation of CIA Targeted Drone Killings.Nico Vorster - 2015 - Heythrop Journal 56 (5):836-849.
    This article provides an ethical evaluation of the CIA's use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to target so-called terror suspects and insurgents. It utilises Christian informed deontological and virtue-ethical criteria to assess this practise. These criteria include just intent, charity, proportionality, moral consistency, truthfulness, mercy, courage and prudence. The article concludes that the UAV target programme is morally problematic. The United States’ ‘kill not capture’ policy as exemplified in the use of ‘signature’ strikes defies the virtues at stake. By using UAV's (...)
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    Transformation in South Africa and the Kingdom of God.Nico Vorster - 2006 - Hts Theological Studies 62 (2).
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    Liberty and Equality. A Critical Response to the Debate Between James P. Sterba and Jan Narveson.Nico Vorster - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):433-446.
    This article examines the libertarian arguments of Jan Narveson and James P. Sterba regarding the compatibility of liberty and equality. It then posits that their arguments fail in solving tensions between liberty and equality, because all fundamental rights cannot be derived from liberty. A coherent scheme of human rights is only possible if human dignity is used to balance the conflicting interests of liberty and equality. It then proceeds to make some suggestions on how human dignity as core value might (...)
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    Are Freedom and Equality Natural Enemies? A Christian-Theological Perspective.Nico Vorster - 2010 - Heythrop Journal 51 (4):594-609.
    It is often difficult to balance the conflicting interests of freedom and equality in the public domain. This article attempts to provide a Christian perspective on freedom and equality that might help to reconcile some of the conflicts between freedom and equality that are likely to arise. The first section discusses the significance of religious ethics for social justice, the second section attempts to provide a conceptual framework for freedom and equality from a theological perspective. The third section offers a (...)
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    Defensive Killing. By Helen Frowe. Pp 227, Oxford University Press, 2014, £30. [REVIEW]Nico Vorster - 2015 - Heythrop Journal 56 (5):904-905.
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