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Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Volume 80, Issue 3, 2015
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Volume 80, Issue 3, 2015
Author S. BishopSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 80, pp 1 –6 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.19108/koers.80.3.2240More Less
This article is a review of four recent books on Kuyper. What these books show is that Kuyper's Calvinism was not restricted to soteriology; his approach was, based on the sovereignty of God, cosmocentric rather than anthropocentric. His Christianity was integral to all that he did from theology to politics and education.
Hierdie artikel is 'n oorsig oor die vier mees onlangse boeke oor Kuyper. Wat hierdie boeke uitwys is dat Kuyper se Calvinisme nie beperk is tot soteriologie nie; sy benadering, gebaseer opdie soewereiniteit van God, is kosmosentries eerder as antroposentries. Sy Christenskap was 'n integrale deel van alles wat hy gedoen het, van die teologie tot politiek en opvoedkunde.
Source: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 80, pp 1 –8 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.19108/koers.80.3.2239More Less
As professors in an engineering program developed with the intention of being Christ-centred and holistic, one of our responsibilities is to equip our students to serve the Lord obediently in all that they do especially in engineering. To serve as the foundation of this preparation, we used a previous publication which set out five distinctively Christian guiding principles for engineering. Our intent is that these principles will be used to direct the development and modification of our engineering curriculum. Directing these efforts requires a grounding point. Therefore, this paper evaluates the extent to which these principles are already emphasized in the program's civil engineering curriculum. Comparing this evaluation to benchmarks for each of the five principles revealed that the curriculum fell short. This result was expected because the curriculum does not contain a formal process to introduce, emphasize, and apply these principles. The evaluation determined that the first principle, which recognizes that the world and everything in it was created for God's glory, fell the farthest from its benchmark. Since this principle is foundational to all the other principles, efforts to increase the emphasis of this principle should be given the highest priority.
As professore in 'n ingenieursprogram wat ontwikkel is met die doel on Christo-sentries en holisties te wees, was een van ons verantwoordelikhede om ons studente toe te rus om die Here met gehoorsaamheid te dien in alles wat hulle doen - veral in ingenieurswese. As 'n fondasie vir hierdie voorbereiding, het ons 'n vorige publikasie gebruik waarin vyf duidelike Christelike rigtinggewende beginsels vir ingeneiurswese uiteengesit word. Ons bedoeling is dat hierdiebeginsels gebruik sal word om die ontwikkeling en wysiging van ons ingenieurskurrikulum te onderlê. Om rigting te gee aan hierdie poging moet ons die proses anker, en daarom sal hierdie artikel die omvang evalueer van die bereiking van hierdie beginsels in die program se siviele ingenieurswesekrrikulum. As mens hierdie evaluering vergelyk met doelwitte wat gestel is vir elkeen van die vyf beginsels, it is duidelik dat die kurrikulum tekortskiet. Hierdie uitkoms was te verwagte omdat die kurrikulum nie 'n formele proses bevat om hierdie beginsels bekend te stel, te onderstreep en toe te pas nie. Die evaluering het bepaal dat die eerste beginsel, wat is dat alles geskep is tot die eer van God, en hierdie beginsel het die meeste tekort geskiet. Aangesien hierdie beginsel die fondasie is vir al die ander beginsels, moet pogings aangewend word om die belang van en onderstreping van hierdie beginsel die hoogste prioriteit te gee.
Methodologies of targeting - noe-classicist voltaire's twisted hermeneutic for targeting 'criminal' Christianity : original researchAuthor J.J. (Ponti) VenterSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 80, pp 1 –13 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.19108/koers.80.3.2238More Less
This article is the third of four written to line up two extremes in the history of methodology: early 20th century Pragmatism and late-Renaissance militarism, filling in the middle period, focusing on Voltaire and the atmosphere before the French revolution. Pragmatist William James pretended to offer a purely formal method, yet strategized it as a doctrinal attack on the inefficiency of Christianity (according to his (mis)understanding of it). Machiavelli attacked Christianity's practice of justice and meekness as weakness, from his own Classicist, Romanist militaristic empire perspective. Voltaire, in middle Modernity, devised a hermeneutic from an Enlightenment position with a strong Neo-Classicist slant, by representing Ancient Classical tradition as fundamentally tolerant to difference of opinion, and by over-painting any suggestion that early Christians were persecuted for their faith. He represented the Christians of his own days (often rightly so) as unfair, criminal and violent, especially with regard to heterodox opinions. His naturalistic tendencies,contradicting his liberalism (an intolerant propagation of tolerance) must have contributed to the severity of persecution of non-compliant Christians during the 1789 Revolution. Later naturalistic liberalists, such as Dide and Booms, and several anti-Christian sites on the internet, found and find their inspiration (sometimes against his intentions) in Voltaire's criticism of Christianity.
Author B.J. Van der WaltSource: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap 80, pp 1 –11 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.19108/koers.80.3.2237More Less
Mysticism: from confusion to clarity? A philosophical reconnaissance
In spite of the fact that a great variety of mystical and semi-mystical spiritualties are again popular today, for many people past and present mysticism is a mystery, something misty and vague. According to others, however, a mystical experience is nothing extraordinary since it can even be produced instantly by simply taking a chemical drug. Again, some other proponents of a religious kind of mysticism believe that (semi) mysticism can be an antidote against stagnant beliefs and dying churches, a vitamin capable of revitalising any religion. They are opposed by other Christian thinkers who regard any kind of mysticism as unbiblical and thus to be totally rejected. Such disagreements and confusion call for a clarification of what mysticism really entails. Many approaches to this phenomenon, like psychological, theological, sociological ones and more are available today (cf. e.g. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2014). This essay tackles the issue from a philosophical perspective, trying to determine some basic characteristics of mysticism.