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Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Volume 6, Issue 09, 2008
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Volume 6, Issue 09, 2008
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 1 –24 (2008)More Less
This essay examines two questions. First, what is the nature of the Baptist principle ""liberty of conscience"" or ""religious liberty,"" and how is the principle meant to be understood in the context of the church's ongoing mandate to ''defend the faith''? Second, how, if at all, has the principle of liberty of conscience impacted on the doctrine of Scripture in the BUSA? Based on the authors' examination of the data, they conclude that formulating a doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture to defend relevantly the authority of the same, does not threaten liberty of conscience. Also, they argue that it is theologically erroneous and out of line with the historic Baptist understanding of religious liberty to assert that defining a doctrine of Scripture will undermine the latter principle. Moreover, the authors maintain that to insist otherwise is fundamentally inconsistent, as the BUSA has adopted definite views on other doctrines, such as church government.
An examination of the consistency of the New World Translation with the stated philosophy of the translatorsAuthor Kevin Gary SmithSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 25 –42 (2008)More Less
The purpose of this article is to evaluate the extent to which the The New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures' (NWT) rendering of selected Christologically significant texts is consistent with its own philosophy of translation. To test the NWT's consistency with its own philosophy of translation, the authors selected nine Christologically significant texts, namely, John 1:1, 1:18, 20:28, Acts 20:28, Romans 9:5, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8-9, 2 Peter 1:1 and 1 John 5:20. Each of these nine texts arguably uses the Greek term θεóς in reference to Jesus Christ. The authors conclude that in seven of the nine sample texts, the NWT violates one or more of its stated translation values and principles. The most common violation is its pervasive tendency to subvert the most natural understanding of the Greek text in favour of a 'preferred religious view'.
A review and an evaluation of diverse Christological opinions among American Evangelicals : part 2 : the eternal role subordination of the SonAuthor Bill GroverSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 43 –66 (2008)More Less
The writer, himself an American Evangelical, intends to discuss, in three articles, areas in which American Evangelicals disagree about how God the Son relates to God the Father and the meaning and effects of the true humanity and the true deity in Christ. Each position will be defined and exemplified. The rationale offered by proponents of each major position is provided. Evaluations are made. The first article focused primarily on the ancient doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son as held by some American Evangelicals but denied by others. This second article will be used to discuss the issue, within the perimeters of evangelicalism in America, of whether the Son is eternally or temporally only relationally subordinate to God the Father. The final article will be used to address several different understandings within American Evangelicalism regarding incarnational Christology. That article will include meanings given the Kenosis, views about what it means to say that Christ is true Man and true God, and how the two natures in the one Person of Christ relate to each other. Therefore, while this series is certainly connected to more general Trinitarian thought, the articles will be written especially to focus on Christ. Aside from just exposing, perhaps for the first time to some readers, a number of the considerable differences among Trinitarians regarding the doctrines of God and Christ, it is hoped by the writer that these articles might also provide material useful to some to better understand the blessed Person of Jesus Christ our God, our Lord, and our Savior. To Him be glory forever.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 67 –95 (2008)More Less
This journal article examines the biblical concept of truth in the Fourth Gospel. The essay provides a synopsis of the lexical data regarding the concept of truth. This is followed by an examination of the various places in the Gospel of John where the Greek noun alētheia (which is rendered ''truth'') occurs. Based on an analysis of the information, it is determined that the author of the Fourth Gospel affirms the established notion of truth found in the Old Testament, post-canonical Jewish writings, and Synoptic Gospels. In brief, the prevailing concept is one of veracity and genuineness in stark contrast to all forms of falsehood. Additionally, it is concluded that the Evangelist refines this understanding by focusing the notion of truth on the Father's revelation of Himself in His Son. It is maintained that the divine-incarnate Messiah is both the epitome and emissary of truth. Furthermore, it is surmised that the Savior's followers come to a full awareness and understanding of the truth by believing in Him for salvation and allowing Him to transform every aspect of their lives.
Author Bill DomerisSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 97 –122 (2008)More Less
The purpose of this article is to provide and up-to-date review of the major periods in the history of psalms studies, with particular reference to the recent quest for the editorial shape and purpose of the Book of Psalms. The authors divide the history of interpretation into four major periods - pre-critical, historical-critical, form-critical and redaction-critical. Pre-critical interpretation (before 1820) generally considered the shape of the Psalter significant, but made no formal attempt to identify its purpose. During the historical-critical (1820-1920) and form-critical (1920-1980) periods, scholars treated the Psalter as an ad hoc collection of lyrics for use in temple worship; the focus was on the historical Sitz im Leben of the psalms. The modern interest into the editorial shaping of the Book of Psalms marks a renewed belief in the fact that the order of the psalms is significant and the first serious attempt to discern the editorial purpose or message of the Psalter as a 'book'.
The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus : Modern Foundations Reconsidered, P.N. Anderson : book reviewSource: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 123 –127 (2008)More Less
As the subtitle indicates, this book aims to examine critically several of the foundational assumptions that have led to this modern ""de-historicization of John and its direct implication: the de-Johannification of Jesus' (p. 2). To some extent, Anderson successfully lays good grounds for questioning some of these assumptions. This is the main strength of the book.
Source: Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary 6, pp 129 –131 (2008)More Less
The first chapter descriptionbes the structure and purpose of the gospel of John and its relationship with the Letters. Van der Watt notes that the narrative flow of the gospel is such that the chronological account is not as important as the thematic account - ""It is the message and not the events that dominate the narrative"" (p. 12). Thus the emphasis in this introductory book is clearly on John's theology.