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Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Volume 67, Issue 1, 2002
Volume 67, Issue 1, 2002
Kyrios and Morena. The Lordship of Christ and African township Christianity, A.J. de Visser : book reviewAuthor P.J. (Flip) BuysSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 1 –2 (2002)More Less
In praktiese sending in Suid-Afrika kom sendelinge daagliks voor die vraag te staan: tot watter mate is Jesus Christus werklik konkreet en prakties HERE in die denke en lewe van die meer as 70% mense wat hulleself Christene noem? Hierdie publikasie (oorspronklik die skrywer se Th.D.-proefskrif wat in 2001 by die PU vir CHO ingelewer is) gaan in op hierdie vraag.
Telling women to be like men? Some theoretical aspects regarding the interpretation of the Bible on gender issues : research articleAuthor Gerrie SnymanSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 1 –25 (2002)More Less
The RCSA is in desperate need of a new way of approaching the Bible. The hermeneutical principles that gave birth to a theological legitimation of apartheid are still active in the theological legitimation of a patriarchal order in the RCSA (Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika). It is as if the RCSA suffers from a theological schizophrenia which bars a critical approach from taking root. The article explores some hermeneutical impediments within the RCSA, illustrated by the 2000 Synod and a declaration published for the advent of Reformation Day in October 2000. Those impediments can be traced back to a seminal article of the 1980s, written by J.C. Coetzee, B.J. de Klerk and L. Floor ("Die hermeneuse van die Skrif met die oog op hedendaagse kerklik-etiese vraagstukke"), and to the influence of Afrikaner civil religion in the reading of the Bible. In the light of these three aspects, the article surveys the problem of imitating the text in terms of its values or characters, since the discussion of the role of women in the church is based on what is said about women in the Bible as a male text. The article concludes with a tentative proposal for an ethics of reading, with regard to the theoretical aspects when discussing gender issues in the Bible.
Source: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 27 –44 (2002)More Less
Since 1994 the new political dispensation in South Africa has led to several disruptions in the education system. Teachers have not escaped the effects of this disruption, and many teachers manifest symptoms of insecure behaviour. Because of their insecurity, many teachers are unable to add pedagogical value to their teaching efforts. The disruption they are currently experiencing is, however, by no means more radical or acute than in other periods in South African history. A number of guidelines are offered by means of which (teachers' perceptions of) teacher security can be improved. This is done on the premise that strengthening teacher security and safety will not only enable teachers to understand their divine calling as well as the nature of pedagogical involvement with learners, but will indeed motivate them to also apply pedagogical principles and insight in actual classroom practice.
Calling and resistance : Huldrych Zwingli's (1484-1531) political theology and his legacy of resistance to tyranny : research articleSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 45 –76 (2002)More Less
Huldrych Zwingli's ground-breaking contribution to Reformational political theory has not been accorded the necessary exposure that it deserves. Zurich and Genevan Reformational thought during the fifteenth century owed much of its political insight to Zwingli's expositions pertaining to the functions of the offices of magistracy and ministry, as well as on resistance theory. Zwingli also heralded the idea of the Christian community, in which church and society are not to be viewed as two separate entities - the view that the Christian nation is both church and political community under the rule of God. Not only was this inheritance of Zwingli's thought limited to the continent but it also manifested itself in the English and Scottish Reformational worlds. Consequently, this article serves as a reminder that the more familiar proponents of early Reformational thought (in the context of Reformational political expositions) such as Heinrich Bullinger, and to a lesser degree John Calvin, were preceded and influenced by the legacy of Huldrych Zwingli's Reformational political theology.
Source: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 77 –99 (2002)More Less
Learners with physical disabilities have been entering mainstream schools for some years now. Whereas early research on inclusive education necessitated a strong focus on the needs of the learners, there has also been a recent interest in the role of the teachers in inclusive education. By adopting constructivism as the paradigm for inquiry a study was undertaken to establish the stress factors for teachers who have to include a learner with a physical disability in their mainstream classes. The rationale for the study is threefold: i) Learners with physical disabilities are entering mainstream schools increasingly, ii) it is often assumed that inclusive education is too stressful for teachers to cope with, and iii) related research has shown that increased contact with individuals with disabilities has a positive effect on attitudes towards individuals with disabilities. In accordance with the dialectical methodology of constructivism, the Teacher Stress and Coping Questionnaire and in-depth interviews were utilised to establish the stress factors and the extent of the stress factors that may be present. The aim of the constructivist inquiry process is to promote understanding and reconstruction. In this article the quantitative results indicate overall low or non-existent levels of stress in teachers who have to include a learner with a physical disability, and the results therefore contribute to our understanding of this situation. The qualitative results reconstruct the meanings that these teachers attach to the inclusion of a learner with a physical disability and reveal some albeit limited concerns about the communication processes between parents and teachers and a perceived lack of pre-service training.
A perspective on balancing the legal and moral rights and responsibilities of HIV positive and HIV negative individuals : research articleAuthor C.S. Le RouxSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 101 –118 (2002)More Less
In South Africa HIV / AIDS is no longer being described as an epidemic, butrather as a pandemic due to the devastating impact that it is having on allspheres of societal life. HIV / AIDS is not exclusively a health issue - it hasalso become a matter of political, economic, moral and legal concern anddebate. One of the issues that consequently needs to be addressed is theestablishment of an effective and equitable approach to dealing withHIV / AIDS issues - based on principles of justice and equity - thatacknowledges the legal and moral rights and duties of both HIV positiveand HIV negative persons. Legislation is a useful instrument in protectingand upholding the rights of citizens irrespective of their HIV status.However, because HIV / AIDS has an underlying socio-moral dimension itfollows that important processes in understanding the epidemic and inestablishing perspectives on confronting the issue include the identificationof and enquiry into the perceived moral rights and obligations of thoseaffected by the disease. Furthermore, in a country where Christianity is oneof the predominant religions with distinctive moral tenets, a Christiancommunity stance on HIV / AIDS issues should be probed.
Author J.L. (Hannes) Van der WaltSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67, pp 121 –123 (2002)More Less
Hierdie werk is in twee opsigte stewig. Die sagtebandkopië wat ek ter hand gehad het, het sommer uit die staanspoor 'n gevoel van "stewigheid" by my gewek: dit beslaan nie slegs 'n groot aantal bladsye nie, maar is ook op gehaltepapier gedruk, en die buiteblad is netjies, aantreklik en duursaam.
Source: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 67 (2002)More Less
The Koers Editorial Board would like to disseminate information about the establishment of this Centre. In January 2000 the Heidelberg Institute for Christian Higher Education organized a conference at the University of Venda in South Africa, from where the recognition of the need sprang for a centre to promote and facilitate scholarly endeavour to bring the transforming power of the gospel to the full range of academic disciplines. The Centre was established on Sunday 25 March 2001 in Potchefstroom, South Africa.