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Christelike etiek in 'n sekulariserende samelewing

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ISBN: 9780620647274 Year: DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.4102/aosis.ceiss.2014.01 Language: Afrikaans
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: North-West University
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'Christelike etiek in ΄n sekulariserende samelewing' produces authoritative, fully evidenced and well-reasoned treatment of Christian ethics, a major topic that is of central concern to South Africa’s people. It disseminates original research, fosters collaboration of experts and generates new developments within the specific field of Reformed Theology and Christian Ethics.The target audience are specialists in the field of Systematic Theology and contextual ministry. The author applies in Christian ethics the concept of the kingdom of God as the overarching paradigm in order to elucidate societal and ecclesiastical problems which are experienced in morality today. The book’s hypothesis is argued and substantiated by using a very wide variety of classic, as well as recent investigations in the field of ethics. What promotes this specific research is the fact that the author not only refers to international researchers, but also to South African theologians and the South African situation. The book further reflects on the phenomenon secularisation and the notion post-secular spirituality, argued against the background of a universal law of nature and a specific scriptural revelation and Christology. In light of the challenges of postmodernity it focuses on the concepts truth, justice and the prophetic calling of the present-day church. The author has managed to translate Christian situation ethics that enriches and stimulates research thoughts, that can assist and advocate reconciliation in South Africa.

'Christelike etiek in ΄n sekulariserende samelewing' genereer gesaghebbende, ten volle bewese en goed beredeneerde behandeling van christelike etiek, ΄n vername onderwerp wat van kardinale belang vir die mense van Suid-Afrika is. Dit dissemineer oorspronklike navorsing, bevorder samewerking van kundiges en genereer nuwe ontwikkelings binne die spesifieke veld van die Gereformeerde teologie en Christelike etiek. Die teikenmark is spesialiste op die gebied van Sistematiese Teologie en kontekstuele bediening. Die outeur pas in die Christelike etiek die konsep van die koninkryk van God toe as die oorkoepelende paradigma, ten einde maatskaplike en kerklike probleme wat vandag ten opsigte van moraliteit ervaar word, te belig. Die hipotese van die boek word beredeneer en gestaaf deur die gebruik van ΄n baie wye verskeidenheid van klassieke, sowel as onlangse ondersoeke op die gebied van etiek. Wat hierdie spesifieke navorsing bevorder, is die feit dat die skrywer nie net na internasionale navorsers verwys nie, maar ook na Suid-Afrikaanse teoloë en die Suid-Afrikaanse situasie. Die boek besin ook oor die fenomeen sekularisasie en die begrip postsekulêre spiritualiteit, bespreek teen die agtergrond van ΄n universele natuurwet en ΄n spesifieke Skrifopenbaring en Christologie. In die lig van die uitdagings van die postmoderniteit, fokus dit op die konsepte van waarheid, geregtigheid en die profetiese roeping van die hedendaagse kerk. Die skrywer het daarin geslaag om die Christelike situasie-etiek te kommunikeer. Die werk kan navorsingsidees verryk en stimuleer, en help om versoening te bepleit.

Corruption in South Africa's liberal democratic context : Equipping Christian leaders and communities for their role in countering corruption

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ISBN: 9780620725262 Year: Pages: 362 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2016.csaldc05 Language: English
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Subject: Religion
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This book is meant for academics in the fields of theology and ecclesial management, for business leaders and governmental authorities in the private and public domain. This collected work by mainly practical theologians reflects on the phenomenon of corruption in the liberal democracy of post-apartheid South Africa. Liberal democracy has considerable salience in the contemporary world. Not only is it the form that many of the world’s most powerful and influential nations approve of, but it is a political system that is being tried – and used – by many formerly developing countries. South Africa is described as predominantly Christian. In such a context corruption is not to be expected. However, it is strongly prevalent. It undermines the values of both democracy and Christianity. Not only does corruption promote a general lack of trust in institutions and leadership, but it stimulates a perpetual culture of corruption that invades all spheres of life. The research is based on a qualitative empirical study. Its aim is to stimulate discourse in theology and related disciplines. Data were collected by means of interviews with political, business, church, and labour union managers and leaders in South Africa’s Gauteng area, who have experienced corruption. This area is the hub of economic, executive political and public office activities in South Africa. Respondents were specifically asked how their experience of corruption was informed by their norms, which in turn were influenced by their religious convictions and cultural conventions. The book suggests strategies for redressing the current ‘culture of corruption’. Although the chapters represent different perspectives, the shared objective is to emphasise that corruption is unethical, to describe and explain why it is taking place and how the situation should appear. The explanation focuses on the negative consequence of corruption: it does not respect human dignity – the ‘otherness’ of others; it exacerbates poverty; it weakens religious values and norms; it is not conducive to social cohesion in the country. The authors also share the theological premise that God is present in this world. In the kingdom of God, believers are encouraged to participate in the ‘clean-up’ process which includes combating the phenomenon of corruption. This book roots theological research and reflection in the real life of both believers and non-believers who consider a ‘clean’ world without corruption as an absolute necessity for a country characterised by the ideals of liberal democracy. The book will stimulate on-going transdisciplinary research focusing on unethical lifestyles, and it will also encourage church leaders to engage with managers in other spheres of society, such as politics and economics in order to counter the evil of corrupt practices. The research outcomes are relevant not only in the South African context, but also globally.

Critical Management Studies in the South African context

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Book Series: Acta Commercii ISSN: ISSN: 24131903 (print) ISSN: 1684-1999 (online) ISBN: 9781928396123 Year: Pages: 296 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2016.cmssac08 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: University of Johannesburg
Subject: Sociology
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The purpose of the book is to establish the first formalised scholarly work on critical management studies (CMS) in the South African context. The book is a collection of seven chapters, six of which employ a conceptual methodology and one of which follows an interpretive paradigm employing qualitative methods of inquiry. CMS is a relatively young school of thought, arising in the early 1990s and still very much being a peripheral movement within the academic discipline of management. South Africa has very little scholarship on CMS as precious few scholars work in this space. Furthermore, publication opportunities are virtually non-existent as CMS is virtually unknown in the South African community of management scholars. Thus, this book represents the first academic work on CMS published in South Africa, written and reviewed by scholars who are familiar with the field. The primary target readership would be management academics, but it could also be a useful reference for postgraduate students in management. A digital similarities index report confirms the originality of the work and that it has not been plagiarised or published elsewhere.

Information technology project manager's competencies : an analysis of performance and personal competencies

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ISBN: 9781928396055 Year: Pages: 270 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2016.itpmc07 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: University of Johannesburg
Subject: Business and Management
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The purpose of this book is to shed light on the performance and personal competencies of information technology (IT) project managers in South Africa. Predictive models are built to determine what project managers consider the crucial competencies they should possess to deliver an IT project successfully. This investigation takes place in the context of poor IT project success rates globally and, in particular, in South Africa. This novel research seeks to extend the debate on project success beyond what merely constitutes success or failure, but seeks to find clarity in what IT project managers believe are the essential competencies in practice. This quantitative research gathered data by way of an online survey based on literature regarding the Project Management Competency Development Framework (PMCDF). The population consisted of IT project managers in South Africa. Four hundred and two respondents chose to share their insights. Through the use of descriptive and multivariate statistics, major competency factors were identified. These factors were used in structural equation modelling to build various validated predictive models. This book contributes to the current body of knowledge by uncovering the competencies that IT project managers consider themselves competent in. The structural equation models indicated predictors of perceived competence by IT project managers and where these perceived competencies differ from literature. Twelve managerial implications are highlighted in the final chapter that seek to draw the myriad of threads together into a coherent summary. It is apparent that IT project managers do not consider the PMCDF important in its entirety, but instead choose to focus on certain competencies. This book is intended for reading by fellow researchers as well as project and IT practitioners. These may include IT managers, IT executives, project managers, project team members, the project management office (PMO), general managers and executives that initiate and conduct project-related work. This body of work is original and has not been plagiarised, although certain concepts have been tested in peer reviewed academic work by way of conference proceedings. Instances of this have been referenced and cited. This book is in its first edition and has not been based on thesis work published previously

Judging Q and Saving Jesus : Q’s Contribution to the Wisdom-Apocalypticism Debate in Historical Jesus Studies

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ISBN: 9780620687379 9780620687379 Year: Pages: 342 DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.4102/aosis.jqsj.2015.01 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100409
Subject: Religion
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The monograph Judging Q and Saving Jesus is characterised by careful textual analysis, showing a piercing critical eye in its impressive engagement with the secondary literature, and sharp and insightful critique. The target audience are specialists in the field of research on the Sayings Source Q (the hypothetical source of certain sayings of Jesus common to Matthew and Luke), historical Jesus, and early Christian theology. The book takes the stance that the hypothetical document Q can be reconstructed with sufficient precision and that this enables biblical scholars to study with confidence its genre and its thematic and ideological profile. The genre issue is central to the book overall structure and the alternative proposals are discussed at length and with sophistication. The author’s inference is that Q’s macrogenre is sapiential with occasional insertions of apocalyptic microstructures and motifs. This finding embodies progress in Historical Jesus studies.

The legacies of Albert Schweitzer reconsidered

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ISBN: 9781928396031 Year: DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2016.tlasr11 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: University of South Africa
Subject: Philosophy --- Education --- Religion
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This book on the legacy of Albert Schweitzer contextualises this remarkable intellectualist, humanist, medicine-man, theologian and Nobel Prize winner. This collected work is aimed at specialists in the humanities, social sciences, education, and religious studies. The authors embrace philanthropic values to benefit Africa and the world at large. The publication engages with peers on the relevance of Schweitzer’s work for humanitarian values in Africa. The essays in the book stimulate further research in the various fields in which Schweitzer excelled. Its academic contribution is its focus on the post-colonial discourse in contemporary discussions both in South Africa and Africa at large. The book emphasises Schweitzer’s reverence for life philosophy and demonstrates how this impacts on moral values. However, the book also points to the possibility that Schweitzer’s reverence for life philosophy is embedded in a typically European appreciation of ‘mysticism’ that is not commensurate with African indigenous religious values. From an African academic perspective, the book advocates the view that Schweitzer’s concept of the reverence for life supports not only the Biblical notion of imago Dei but also the African humanist values of the preservation and protection of life, criticising the exploitation of the environment by warring factions and large companies, especially in oil-producing African countries. It also argues that Schweitzer’s disposition on ethics was influenced by the Second World War, his sentiments against nuclear weapons and his resistance to the Enlightenment view of ‘civilisation’. With regard to Jesus studies the book elucidates values promoted by Schweitzer by following in Jesus’ steps and portraying Jesus’ message within a modern world view. Taken over from Schweitzer, the book argues that Jesus’ moral authority resides in his display of love and his interaction with the poor and marginalised. The book demonstrates Schweitzer’s understanding of Jesus as the one who sacrifices his own life to bring the Kingdom of God to realisation in this world. The book commends Schweitzer’s insight that we know Jesus through his toils on the one hand, and through our own experiences on the other. It is in a mixture between the two that the hermeneutical gap between then and now is bridged. It is precisely in bridging this gap that Schweitzer sees himself as an instrument of God’s healing. It defines Schweitzer as the embodiment of being a healer, educationalist and herald of the greening of Christianity. His philosophy on the reverence for life prepares a foundation for Christians to think ‘green’ about human life within a greater environment. He advocates aspects of education such as lifelong learning, holistic education and a problem-based approach to education. Finally, the book analyses both critically and appreciatively Albert Schweitzer’s contribution to the concepts of religious healing prevalent in African Christianity today.

One Hundred year of Church and Theological Training: A Chronicle of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa

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Book Series: HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies ISSN: 2071078X ISBN: 9780620482042 Year: Pages: 258 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: University of Pretoria
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The Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria is the oldest university faculty in theology in South Africa. It was founded in 1917 as a multi-ecclesial academic institution, with the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) as one of the founding church partners for the scientific training of pastors. However, the initiatives for the establishment of a theological faculty in Pretoria, South Africa are rooted in a synodic resolution of the NRCA in 1909, with the institutionalisation of a Curatorium as an ecclesial executive board responsible for the strategic planning of the Faculty of Theology at the then Transvaal University College, which became the University of Pretoria. In 2009 the NRCA celebrates the centennial anniversary of the Curatorium with the publication of a Chronicle, authored by Professor J.P. Oberholzer. It is published as Supplementum 9 of the HTS Theological Studies, South Africa’s oldest theological scholarly journal. The Chronicle consists of 10 chapters: the beginning (1909-1916); the formative stage (1916-1933); multi-ecclesial partnership (1934-1940); internal ecclesial conflict (1941-1953); political tension because of apartheid (1954-1960); ecumenical isolation and internal discord (1961-1970); self-evaluation (1971-1980); growth, retrospection and prospection (1981-1987); rationalisation and optimalisation (1988-1997); multi-ecclesial partnership restored (1998-2009).

Die Fakulteit Teologie aan die Universiteit van Pretoria is Suid Afrika se oudste teologiese fakulteit. Dit het begin as ‘n veelkerklike instelling met die oog op die wetenskaplike opleiding van predikante. Die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) is een van die stigter kerklike vennote. Die eerste inisiatiewe vir die daarstel van ‘n teologiese fakulteit in Pretoria gaan terug na die sinodale besluit van die NHKA in 1909 om ‘n Kuratorium te vestig wat as statutêre liggaam vir die strategiese beplanning van teologiese opleiding aan die destydse Tranvaal Universiteit College wat later die Universiteit van Pretoria geword het, verantwoordelik is. Die NHKA vier die honderdjarige bestaan van die Kuratorium in 2009 met die publikasie van ‘n Kroniek, geskryf deur professor J.P. Oberholzer. Dit is gepubliseer as Supplementum 9 van die HTS Teologiese Studies, Suid-Afrika se oudste vaktydskrif in teologie. Die Kroniek is uit 10 hoofstukke saamgestel: die begin (1909-1916); die formatiewe fase (1916-1933); veelkerklike vennootskap (1934-1940); interne kerklike konflik (1941-1953); politieke spanning as gevolg van apartheid (1954-1960); ekumeniese isolasie en interne stryd (1961-1970); self-interpretasie (1971-1980); rasionalisasie en optimalisering (1988-1997); veelkerklike vennootskap herstel (1998-2009).

Praktiese-ekklesiologie : Kerkwees in die 21ste eeu

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Book Series: HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies ISSN: ISSN: 02599422 (print) ISSN: 2072-8050 (online) ISBN: 9780620723848 Year: Pages: 252 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2016.pe06 Language: Afrikaans
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: University of Pretoria
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The book proposes a radical transformation of existing church and training models in South African Reformed ecclesial circles. It takes the theological discussion, especially in ecclesiology, to the next level and argues for new ways to express belief in ecclesial practice. The book provides a provocative strategic vision which takes the ecclesial challenges of the twenty-first century seriously. The book will benefit not only theologians in the academy but also church leaders. Firstly, a situational analysis which focuses on the circumstances and social standing of mainstream churches in the twenty-first century, is done. Current difficulties and obstacles are identified. These can be contributed mainly to the secularisation and post-Christian tendencies of the era subsequent to the two world wars. Secondly, the responsible renewal of and much needed amendments to the structures of South African Protestant faith communities in a postmodern, postliberal, postcolonial context are proposed. The authority of scripture and the creeds of these churches are foundational for sensible renewal. The book dialogues with the relevant existing literature as it develops its ‘missional’ approach to being church in the world today. The investigation is thorough, the argumentation sound and the book makes an original and thought-provoking contribution to the field. The contribution includes biblical perspectives on ecclesial communities, a historical overview of the growth and decline of mainstream churches, insights with regard to the available empirical data, and strategies for the future. The work attests to sound methodology and a strong theoretical foundation. Literature from various parts of the world is utilised, which provides both breadth and depth to the work. The author displays an impressive ability to integrate findings from various fields and disciplines.

In die boek word voorgestel dat bestaande kerklike- en opleidingsmodelle in die Suid-Afrikaanse Hervormde ekklesiastiese kringe, ‘n ingrypende transformasie behoort te ondergaan. Dit neem die teologiese debat, veral in die ekklesiologie, tot die volgende vlak, en bepleit nuwe maniere om aan die geloof in kerklike praktyk, uiting te gee. Die boek verskaf ‘n uitdagende strategiese visie wat die kerklike uitdagings van die een-en-twintigste eeu ernstig opneem. Die boek sal nie net vir teoloë in die akademie tot voordeel wees nie, maar ook vir kerkleiers. Eerstens is daar ‘n situasie-ontleding gedoen wat op die omstandighede en die sosiale status van hoofstroomkerke in die een-en-twintigste eeu, gekonsentreer het. Huidige probleme en struikelblokke is geïdentifiseer. Dit kan hoofsaaklik toegeskryf word aan die sekularisasie en na-Christelike tendense van die tydperk na die twee wêreldoorloë. Tweedens word voorgestel dat die vernuwing van en die broodnodige wysigings aan die strukture van die Suid-Afrikaanse Protestantse geloofgemeenskape in ‘n postmoderne, postliberale en postkoloniale verband, op ‘n verantwoordelike manier gedoen word. Die gesag van die Skrif en die geloofsbelydenisse van hierdie kerke is die grondslag vir ‘n sinvolle hernuwing. In die boek word gesprek gevoer met die tersaaklike, bestaande literatuur soos wat dit sy missionale benadering om vandag kerk in die wêreld te wees, ontwikkel. Die ondersoek is deeglik, die bewysvoering is betroubaar en die boek lewer ‘n oorspronklike en gedagteprikkelende bydrae op dié gebied. Die bydrae sluit in Bybelse perspektiewe en dié van kerklike gemeenskappe, ‘n historiese oorsig van die ontwikkeling en agteruitgang van die hoofstroomkerke, insigte met betrekking tot die beskikbare empiriese gegewens en strategieë vir die toekoms. Die werk getuig van ‘n deeglike metodologie en ’n sterk teoretiese grondslag. Literatuur van verskeie dele van die wêreld is gebruik, wat breedte en diepte aan die werk verleen. Die outeur vertoon ‘n indrukwekkende vermoë deur die bevindinge van talryke gebiede te integreer.

A scholarly contribution to educational praxis

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ISBN: 9780620730600 Year: Pages: 370 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.2016.saep12 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: North West University
Subject: Education
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This publication contains original research targeting scientific specialists in the field of education. Not only is the disposition of its research endeavours grounded on a philosophical basis, it is also embedded in the empirical. The research methodology of each chapter emanates from applicable philosophical assumptions in the form of an applicable theoretical and conceptual framework. The latter forms a firm basis for the application of sound empiricism. Both qualitative and quantitative empirical approaches were alternatively applied in the various chapters. The content of each chapter was meticulously analysed before being finally accepted. In response to the call for chapters, 26 abstracts were received. After evaluation of these abstracts, 24 authors were granted the opportunity of submitting full manuscripts for evaluation. Subsequently the latter were submitted to a rigorous double-blind peer review process. These manuscripts were submitted to at least two or three specialist reviewers in their particular fields of specialisation. All of these review reports are preserved and kept for enquiry and assessment. The content of the current book was chosen from a selection for a 2014 publication which did not obtain a subsidy from the DHET, titled Nuances of Teaching Learning and Research, published by AndCork Publishers. After careful re-evaluation, a much smaller number of chapters was selected, substantially reworked and considerably extended, after which the chapters were again submitted to a double-blind peer review process. Ultimately, of the 26 abstracts originally received only 10 were finally accepted as suitable for publication in the current volume. Finally, in terms of the requirements set by clause 6.12 of the Department of Higher Education and Training policy on reworked publications, this book now contains more than 50% original content not published before. The content of this book adds to the body of scholarly knowledge in education. In his evaluation of the book, Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Training, Professor Akpovire Oduaran, made the following remarks: To a large extent, the ideas put together in this book have come from data generated not just from literature found in books and journals but actual interactions with educators and the learning environment. So then, what the reader is offered in this volume is the articulation of ideas that have been interrogated, structured and presented in surprisingly simplistic and yet incisive and academically enriching content that can match the standards of scholarship that is available in the Western World. Yet, what makes this book so welcome, relevant and timely, is the fact that it is built around Afrocentric theories and practices such as one may find in imported literature.

Self-directed learning research: An imperative for transforming the educational landscape

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ISBN: 9781928396017 Year: Pages: 332 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.sdlr.2016.03 Language: English
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This book will benefit specialists in the field of the education sciences. It represents significant progress in knowledge production. Self-directed learning has become increasingly important, not only for education in South Africa but also for education sciences in the international arena. This is a result of the changing education landscape, caused by the demands of the 21st century as well as the rapid change in knowledge production. Learners should be equipped with skills to take responsibility for their own learning. New innovative strategies should be incorporated into teaching and learning in order to meet the changing demands in education. Traditional teacher-centred practices are still the norm in most South African schools and higher-education institutions and do not adequately prepare students for lifelong learning in the 21st century. The content focuses on the theory behind self-directed learning, explores strategies such as cooperative learning, problembased learning, case-based teaching and large-group teaching that enhance self-directed learning and the use of blended learning in a self-directed learning environment. The book demonstrates how self-directed learning can be enhanced in mathematics, computer-science and life-science education and through the use of student tutors for geography. Digital technology could, for example, also be used in innovative ways for education in isiZulu folk poetry. The findings are based on original empirical research and a sound theoretical-conceptual framework. In an environment of rapidly changing knowledge production, this book responds to the challenge of how to equip learners with the necessary skills to take responsibility for their own learning. The book presents innovative teaching and learning strategies for meeting the changing demands in education. Group activities, the responsibilities of learners and the obstacles that hinder their learning are analysed, and the way in which educators can support them is discussed. Educational values such as mutual trust are discussed, and self-directed assessment is explored. This is a timely collective work authored by experts who subscribe to the approach of self-directed learning. Educators should discover new teaching and learning strategies and value the integration of self-directed learning in the classroom.

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