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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 12, Issue 09, 2011
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Volume 12, Issue 09, 2011
Author Annang AsumangSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 1 –38 (2011)More Less
Paul's autobiographical account of his Christian existence in Philippians 3:12 has been a source of immense encouragement to believers, as well as a subject of extensive academic debate. An aspect of this debate is the group of grammatical conceptual and theological problems presented by his transitional disclaimer in Philippians : Several proposals for resolving these questions have been made but the full import of his cryptic statement in Philippians 3:12c that he as κατελήμφθην ύπό Χριστοΰ Ϊησοΰ appears not to have received the attention it deserves. By examining Paul's self-understanding throughout the epistle, and pertinent data in the secondary literature on the Roman triumphus, during which prized captives of war were proudly paraded as the victor's trophy this article argues that Paul describes himself in Philippians 3:12c as Christ's captive trophy slave. The merits of the proposal including how it rebutted the arguments of Paul's opponents and how it helps elucidate the link between Philippians 3:12c and the rest of the epistle, are also discussed.
Author Andrew AucampSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 39 –58 (2011)More Less
This essay examines the legitimacy of paradox as a valid hermeneutical category. The arguments of theologians and authors on both sides of the debate are examined and critiqued. Importantly, the way that R L Reymond applies his anti-paradox principle in his systematic theology is evaluated in order to provide insight into the debate. The author of this essay concludes that while the anti-paradox position is correct in principle, it can be applied in a narrow or mechanistic way that does not give adequate recognition to the semblance of paradox in scripture. Also, while the pro-paradox position has some validity, some of the statements made by those holding to this position are problematic and destroy the foundation for being able to differentiate between truth and error. A modified statement is therefore proposed that upholds the anti-paradox principle, but still gives expression to the semblance of paradox found in scripture.
Author Callie W.T. JoubertSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 59 –87 (2011)More Less
The aim in this paper is to critique some aspects of neuro-scientific studies on mindfulness and mindful practices. Firstly, because of the often mistaken assumption that it is something totally new; its roots in fact lie in religious and philosophical views which are the antithesis of a Christian worldview. Secondly, because of opposing views of what the mind is, and how the mind relates to the brain, Christians have come under pressure to show how their claims about God are different from those of epileptics and atheists. In order to deal with these issues, this study commences with a brief introduction to the concept of mindfulness, its historical roots and the scientific claims in support of mindful practices. A philosophical critique of physicalism and panpsychism is then offered from a biblical perspective, followed by a discussion of some of the dangers lurking in the neighbourhood of mindful practices. The conclusion is that the philosophical and religious assumptions that underlie scientific views of ourselves and spiritual growth matter enormously; they deserve continual scrutiny.
Author Dan LioySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 89 –127 (2011)More Less
This journal article undertakes a biblical and theological analysis of 1 Corinthians 15, in order to discern what Paul had to say about Jesus' resurrection and the nature of the believer's resurrection body. The essay first considers Paul's theology within the context of Second Temple Judaism and Adamic motifs in ancient Jewish literature. Then, the essay highlights Paul's teaching that the Messiah conquered death so that believers could have new life in Him. The apostle revealed that the resurrection body would not die or engage in sin, and it would share in the resurrection power of the Messiah. Furthermore, Paul declared that this transformation would not be slow and gradual; instead, when the Saviour returned, believers - whether dead or alive - would be instantly changed. They would receive incorruptible bodies, and this transformation would display the Son's complete and final victory over death
A biblical-theological analysis of Matthew 6:19-34 to clarify the relationship between the Christian disciple and moneySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 129 –159 (2011)More Less
This essay conducts a biblical-theological analysis of Matthew 6:19-34 to clarify what it teaches about the relationship between the Christian disciple and money. One major finding is that Jesus presents money as a rival god that challenges for the allegiance that rightly belongs to the Lord. Jesus also draws attention to the way a proper allegiance to God can be expressed. A second major finding is that money and the Lord are radically different gods. Moreover, there are significantly different consequences to the believer that result from devotion to either money or God. The third major finding shows that the consequences of allegiance to either God or money, needs to be understood in terms of how one's actions affect ones' community.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 161 –184 (2011)More Less
The purpose of this paper is to attempt to explain the deeper meaning determined in the reference to Adam and Eve, the two trees, and the serpent found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. The intention is to demonstrate that these characters and events were not mythological anecdotes, but concrete descriptions of factual events and characters, which have a deeper and added significance and spiritual importance now. The optimism of this paper is to reach a conclusion which will appeal to many as a favourable counter to the quandary and mystification arising from the questions asked.
Author Kevin G. SmithSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 185 –216 (2011)More Less
The thesis of this article is that the dominant models of theology in universities and seminaries are too fragmented to serve the purpose of training thinking practitioners for the church. The separation and isolation of the theological sub-disciplines is better suited to the needs and goals of a research university than to the objectives of a seminary or to the needs of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The article presents the call of four leading works on practical theology for more holistic approaches to the theological task, approaches that seek to bring the various theological sub-disciplines into constructive dialogue with one another. The article contends that developing integrated models of theological reflection and research is essential if we are to train students for pastoral ministry, where they need to be well-rounded theological thinkers rather than research specialists in a narrow sub-discipline. The article concludes with a call for evangelical theologians to take the lead in developing more integrated models of theological research - after all they are the people whose mission is to train pastors as thinking practitioners.
An evaluation of contemporary challenges to evangelical orthodoxy posed by Toon's four basic types of theology : a Christian responseAuthor Noel B. WoodbridgeSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 217 –240 (2011)More Less
Contemporary theology is a maze of conflicting beliefs and approaches. The present situation poses unique challenges to evangelical orthodoxy. Using typology (as developed by social scientists), this article surveys a limited variety of intellectual constructs around which the greater variety of contemporary theologies are built. The article analyses Toon's four basic types of theology and evaluates their dangers, especially when their research methods are applied in a total manner. The article concludes with an appropriate Christian response to the contemporary challenges to evangelical orthodoxy posed by these approaches to theology.
Review of Hixson, Getting the Gospel Wrong : The Evangelical Crisis No One is Talking About
Getting the Gospel Wrong : The Evangelical Crisis No One is Talking About, J.B. Hixson : book reviewAuthor Roscoe III BarnesSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 241 –247 (2011)More Less
At the time of the publication of this book, Hixson served as the executive director of Free Grace Alliance. He teaches theology at Grace School of Theology in The Woodlands, Texas, and Free Grace Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Hixson holds a Ph.D. from Baptist Bible Seminary, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Houston Baptist University.
Review of Craig and Meister, God is Good, God is Great : Why Believing in God is Reasonable and Responsible
God is Good, God is Great : Why Believing in God is Reasonable and Responsible, W.L. Craig and C. Meister : book reviewAuthor Zoltan L. ErdeySource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 249 –267 (2011)More Less
Review of Collins, The Language of God : A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
The Language of God : A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, F.S. Collins : book reviewSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 12, pp 269 –274 (2011)More Less
Undoubtedly, the credentials of Francis Collins are impressive. As the former head of the Human Genome Project, he is one of the world's leading geneticists. He is also a Christian with strong a convictions that theistic evolution is the best explanation of the creation aspects of the Bible. Notwithstanding my critique of a number of Collins' claims The Language of God will certainly challenge the intellectually honest reader.