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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 11, Issue 03, 2011
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Volume 11, Issue 03, 2011
'Resist him' (1 Pet 5:9) : holiness and non-retaliatory responses to unjust suffering as 'holy war' in 1 PeterAuthor Annang AsumangSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 7 –46 (2011)More Less
1 Peter exhorts readers to respond to unjust suffering with non-retaliatory righteous behaviour, while looking forward to vindication at the Lord's return. Although several literary-theological and sociological approaches to the epistle have shed considerable light on this exhortation, a number of interpreters maintain that ultimately, the epistle engenders a paralyzing sense of passive victimhood in believers. This article examines the theological significance of several military metaphors throughout the epistle, to show that the exhortation to resist the devil in the final chapter is a climax to a consistent theme in the epistle, aimed at galvanizing spiritual warriors whose weapons are peaceful non-retaliation, hope, and holiness through Christ's redemptive work. It also argues that Peter's approach is in line with the New Testament's transformation of the holy war motif of the Old Testament. Rather than being paralyzed into helplessness, the first readers of the epistle would have been emboldened by the call to holy resistance.
Author Robert BrodieSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 47 –65 (2011)More Less
The aim of this article is to propose a solution to a dilemma that was characteristic of the Pentecostal movement from its inception, one that is still current, not only in some sections of the movement, but even in modern Evangelicalism. This dilemma is, should prospective ministers seek the empowerment of the Spirit for service in preference to theological education, or, should they pursue theological training as a principal means towards effective service? The article investigates the classical Pentecostal attitude to theological education, before examining later modifications to the original Pentecostal view. The classical position is then evaluated before a conclusion is drawn, namely, the anointing and theological training should not be regarded as contradictory, but rather, as complementary imperatives.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 67 –113 (2011)More Less
The literary nature of the Beatitudes demonstrates a composition that developed orally. Speech act theory is utilized in understanding the oral features of the text as well as demonstrating what Jesus did in his utterances. The significance of the Beatitudes lies in the authoritative utterances of Jesus. Speech act theory allows for an investigation into the nature of those utterances. This paper recognizes six principles guiding speech act theory on the Beatitudes. A speech act model is presented and applied to the Beatitudes pericope (Matt 5:3-16). The formula is SP+(EE)CH=ACT: analyse the situated performativity of a text, add it to the multiplying nature of existential engagement by the interpreter with the illocutionary force found through the critical horizon of guiding worldviews, and the result is an Acquired Communal Translation for the social body.
It is understood that Matthew intended to compose a pericope in serving as a paradigmatic utterance to guide the Matthean community in its existence and mission in the world. In addition, the paradigm is to be adopted by all Christian communities in their mission to the world.
Author Dan LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 115 –165 (2011)More Less
This journal article considers an evolutionary creationist process for the origin of humanity. In doing so, the essay explores a number of broadly interrelated issues in an integrated and synthesized manner. The key supposition is that a fundamental congruity exists between what God has revealed in nature and in scripture. Accordingly, the endeavour involves taking seriously the scientific data, as well as engaging scripture in its historical, cultural, and sociological contexts. The resulting outcome is a theologically informed harmonization of evolutionary theory with creationist teachings found in the Judeo-Christian scriptures about the genesis of Homo sapiens.
Author Thomas O. ScarboroughSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 167 –186 (2011)More Less
Christian Transformational Leadership is a major Christian leadership theory. This article, on the basis of a definition of Christian transformational leadership, applies a semantic (or deconstructionist) critique to three core features of the theory, namely influence, persuasiveness, and the ability to strategize. It does so by seeking to identify conflict or difference which attaches to these terms in twenty-two Christian transformational leadership texts. It reveals that the theory may make extraordinary demands on the leader, and exact a heavy emotional toll.
A new kind of liberalism : review of Brian McLaren, A new kind of Christianity
A new kind of Christianity : ten questions that are transforming the faith, B.D. McLaren : book reviewAuthor Christopher C. PepplerSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 187 –201 (2011)More Less
Brian McLaren has recently published his most definitive work to date, in which he comes closer than ever before to clearly stating what he believes. The book is subtitled, Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith, and the book is structured around two sets of five of these questions. He doesn't state that the design is intended to contrast with the Ten Commandments, but the connection seems obvious - Ten Commandments on two tablets, versus ten questions in two 'books'. McLaren states that the first book contains the 'profound and critical questions that are being raised by followers of Christ around the world' (xi). The second set of five are, according to McLaren, 'less profound or theologically radical' (xi) and are more practical in nature. Each of the ten questions will be dealt with individually, but first, a couple of general comments.
Review of Roger E Olson, Arminian Theology : Myths and Realities
Arminian theology : myths and realities, R.E. Olson : book reviewAuthor Kevin G. SmithSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 203 –216 (2011)More Less
Review of George Barna, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions
Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, G. Barna : book reviewAuthor Noel B. WoodbridgeSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 11, pp 217 –224 (2011)More Less
No one can deny that modern culture is opposed to Christian values. The adverse influences that bombard the moral development of children today can be deadly. However, few parents and church leaders fully realise just how critical it is to initiate the development the child's biblical worldview, from an early age. The problem is complex, especially in light of the common circumstance of parents themselves not having received adequate (early) spiritual training. As a result, they often seem to leave their children's training and development solely to the church. Yet, the church generally focuses on older children, not realising that a child's moral development is set by the age of nine.