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Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Volume 66, Issue 3, 2001
Volume 66, Issue 3, 2001
Reading the New Testament from the perspective of social theory of institutionalization : research articleAuthor Yolanda DreyerSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 66, pp 159 –176 (2001)More Less
The objective of this article is to approach the interpretation of the Christian Bible from the perspective of the sociological process of the development from authority to power. Firstly, a hypothesis with regard to a postmodern, demystifying reading of the Christian Bible will be posed. Secondly, the use of terms and concepts will be clarified. Thirdly, the focus will be on the development from authority to power. Exposing the ideological interests underlying social processes is called demystification. In the article the social theory of Max Weber with regard to institutionalization, power and authority will be discussed and applied in a heuristic model for the interpretation of the New Testament within the framework of social processes. The model focuses on the Jesus movement as a process of revitalization within Judaism.
Author M.F. HeynsSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 66, pp 177 –196 (2001)More Less
What should the political priority and relation be between cultural membership, economic concerns and being a citizen of a state? I argue that individualism, economism, and nationalism all harbour the danger of hierarchising these goals with the consequential invasion or even exclusion of one another. I describe both ethnic and state nationalists as using identity to monopolise political concerns. But state or cultural identity is also colonised or marginalised by either individualist or economistic politics. As alternative to invasion politics, I firstly propose that humans should be seen as negotiating with their embedding communities a plurality of identities that reflect a variety of transcendental ways of being human. These identities should then be acknowledged as equal ingredients in the empowerment and make-up of a blossoming human life. The variety of identities should therefore be developed in alliance with each other instead of being the victim of a strategy of mutual invasion or exclusion.
Author G.J. RossouwSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 66, pp 197 –211 (2001)More Less
Research in business ethics is vital for the expansion and credibility of this fairly recent academic field. This article argues that there are three factors that are crucially important for research in business ethics. They are (a) the ontological assumptions that research in this field is premised upon, (b) the choice of research strategies and methodologies and (c) the role of theory in research practice. Each of these three factors is explored and pitfalls relating to each of them are identified. The article also suggests guidelines for dealing with each of these factors in business ethics research.
Author I.J. OosthuizenSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 66, pp 213 –232 (2001)More Less
Learner security is an imperative for education. Whereas an environment of security is conducive to learning, the absence of it is destructive of effective learning. Some of the factors that are to be taken into account in order to create a sound environment of security for the learner are the following: the physical well-being of the learner; the mental well-being of the learner liberated from anxiety and fear and the competence and proficiency of the teacher.
In many respects contemporary South African education is characterised by an absence of security and surity. Some of the reasons for this situation are instances of physical and mental insecurity such as a prevailing culture of physical violence, drug abuse and an alarming rise of contagious diseases in schools. This article focuses on these and other factors responsible for instances of an insecure learning environment in South African education. This article also seeks to find possible solutions towards securing the learning environment of the learner.
Management modelling behaviour : an important prerequisite for the implementation of business ethics : research articleAuthor Ebben Van ZylSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 66, pp 233 –243 (2001)More Less
Researchers agree that ethics and ethical behaviour have become two of the most important topics of the new millennium. Reasons for this can include changing business conditions as well as the growing public demand for quality services, reasonable prices and honest treatment. Furthermore, the present wave of corruption in South African business makes it important to focus on management-related factors that seem to influence employees' decisions to behave ethically at work. These phenomena will be used as a basis to make practical suggestions on how to improve the situation.
'n Analise van geselekteerde mediaberigte se uitbeelding van rassisme in Suid-Afrikaanse skole : research articleAuthor Corene De WetSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 66, pp 245 –262 (2001)More Less
The influence of the printed media on the establishment of perceptions and as a source of information must not be underestimated. Although it is generally accepted that no editor will publish a report containing false information, there are many journalistic tricks of the trade that can be used in support of a specific political and/or economic view. In this article an attempt was made to find out how and with what purpose in mind the printed media, accused of perpetuating racism in the South African society, report on racial conflict and tension in education, a social relationship that also seems to be interlarded with racism.