Destruction of the Human Embryo in Stem Cell Research and the Moral Status of the Unborn in the South African Regulatory Framework
An Evaluation of Contemporary Challenges to Evangelical Orthodoxy Posed by Toon’s Four Basic Types of Theology
The Use of Classical Greek Philosophy in Early Lutheranism
Jordan Cooper is a PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary, graduating April 2019.
Dan Lioy: PhD (North-West University). The Senior Research Manager at the South African Theological Seminary, Dan has a particular research interest in intertextuality, Biblical ethics and spiritual care in professional settings.
Cooper J and Lioy D 2018. The Use of Classical Greek Philosophy in Early Lutheranism. Conspectus 26:1-27
Metaphysics; Lutheran scholasticism; Faith and reason; Philosophy and theology; Prolegomena
This article is an examination of the use of classical philosophy in the Lutheran tradition from Martin Luther through Johann Gerhard. It focuses particularly on the essentialist philosophies of both Plato and Aristotle as used and modified in these Lutheran writers. The claim made in this article is that though critical of Aristotelian thought on certain points, the first generations of Lutheran theologians also incorporated certain aspects of these philosophies in a positive manner within their theological systems…
Towards a Biblical Model of Funding African Missions: The Case of The Church of Pentecost in Ghana
Nicholas Darko is a PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary, graduating October 2018.
Vincent Atterbury: DTh (UNISA). Vincent’s specialist field is leadership. He is a research supervisor at the South African Theological Seminary and has served as Director of Education and Training for AFM.
Darko N and Atterbury V 2018. Towards a Biblical Model of Funding African Missions: The Case of The Church of Pentecost in Ghana. Conspectus 26:28-45.
Funding; Missions; Africa; Poverty; The Church of Pentecost-Ghana
The objective of this study is to find out how the Church of Pentecost in Ghana, a missional African church, can improve the funding of its African missions. Based on a modified version of the Osmer model of practical theology, the study used literary, biblical analysis and qualitative approaches. The missions-funding praxis of the church was analysed against biblical guidelines…
Reading the Markan Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-9) in the Light of Jesus’ Scattering of the Tyrian Baal Coins
Bill (William) Domeris is a Biblical scholar living in East London, South Africa. He is a PhD graduate from the University of Durham (UK 1983). He has served as a Senior Academic at SATS since 2011, with particular responsibility for doctoral students. He is presently a research associate at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.
Domeris B 2018. Reading the Markan Transfguration (Mark 9:1-9) in the Light of Jesus’ Scattering of the Tyrian Baal Coins. Conspectus 46-60.
Transfiguration; Baal coins; Irony; Mark’s Gospel; Temple
The transfiguration is found in all three Synoptic Gospels yet remains one of the more puzzling incidents in the life of Jesus. At the level of narrative, the event forms the bridge between the Galilean ministry of Jesus and his coming passion and the occasion is bracketed by warnings of his imminent death. Focusing on the Gospel of Mark, I suggest that there are elements of dramatic irony present, when we read the account of the transfiguration in the light of Jesus’ intervention in the temple…
The Theologian’s Speech: Stuttering and the Beauty of Christ
Robert Falconer: BTech Arch, NMMU; PhD, SATS. Robert practised architecture for seven years, after which he went to Kenya as a missionary. He is a Research Supervisor for MTh and PhD candidates at the South African Theological Seminary. His primary research interests are in Systematic Theology, Philosophical-Theology, New Testament, soteriology and eschatology.
C K Barrett. Dan Lioy: PhD (North-West University). The Senior Research Manager at the South African Theological Seminary, Dan has a particular research interest in intertextuality, Biblical ethics and spiritual care in professional settings.
Falconer R and Lioy D 2018. The Theologian’s Speech: Stuttering and the Beauty of Christ. Conspectus 26:61-98.
Theologian’s Speech; Stuttering; The Apostle Paul; Moses; Beauty of Christ
Testimony, scholarship, and pastoral-devotion form a triad to this journal article on stuttering and its relationship to the beauty of Christ, for the theologian who stutters. The paper begins with some of the personal struggles of stuttering highlighted in a personal testimony. Stuttering can be described as disfluency of speech, characterised by frequent stoppages in the flow of speech, usually with a repetition of sounds, syllables, or even one-syllable words…
Genesis 4:8: Why did Cain Murder His Brother?
Callie Joubert: PhD (UK-ZN); DPhil (UJ); MPhil/BPhil(US); BA (UNISA); Dipl in Theology (TCSA). Callie is a Postgraduate research supervisor at SATS.
Joubert C 2018. Genesis 4:8: Wy did Cain Murder His Brother? Conspectus 26:99-113.
Abel; Cain; Envy; Murder; Passions
The literature on Genesis 4:1−16 advances several reasons why Cain murdered Abel. The majority of commentators believe that Cain killed him because of anger, jealousy or envy. Some suggest that the murder is to be explained by Cain’s depression. Those who believe that Cain was jealous of Abel often confuse jealousy with envy. Then there are those who oppose the idea that Cain killed Abel out of envy, and suggest that God was capricious to reject Cain’s offering…
God’s ‘Repentance’ in light of the Covenantal Relationship between שׁוּב and נָחַם in Jeremiah 18:1−10
Allen Bythel Marsh is a PhD student at the South African Theological Seminary, graduating October 2018.
Bill (William) Domeris is a Biblical scholar living in East London, South Africa. He is a PhD graduate from the University of Durham (UK 1983), where he studied under the late Professor C K Barrett. He has served as a Senior Academic at SATS since 2011, with particular responsibility for doctoral students. He is presently a research associate at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.
Marsh AB and Domeris B 2018. God’s ‘Repentance’ in light of the Covenantal Relationship between שׁוּב and נָחַם in Jeremiah 18:1−10. Conspectus 26:114-126.
Jeremiah 18; Repentance; Potter; Clay; Covenantal Relationship
This article addresses the relationship between two Hebrew verbs found in Jeremiah 18:7−10 that may shed light on the subject of God’s ‘repentance’, especially when the Hebrew verbs words are viewed from the context of the covenant. We see that the main point of the passage shifts from the potter’s unilateral control and sovereignty over the clay to the flexibility of the potter to work with his clay…
The Appeal of the Word of Faith Movement
Genis Pieterse: PhD (SATS, October 2016)
Kevin Smith: D.Litt, University of Stellenbosch; PhD, SATS. Kevin is the Principal at the South African Theological Seminary.
Pieterse G and Smith K 2018. The Appeal of the Word of Faith Movement. Conspectus 26:127-136.
Word of Faith; Prosperity; Prosperity Gospel; Church Growth; Cult
Theologians are often mystified by the popular appeal of the Word of Faith Movement. Although biblical scholars have deconstructed the movement’s core teachings to the point where one would not expect the movement to retain a substantial following or exert significant influence, it remains the largest and fastest growing expression of Christian faith in many parts of Africa…
Since Conspectus is a scholarly publication that is evangelical in its theological orientation (i.e. predominately classical and historically orthodox in its interpretive approach), submissions entirely void of a theological component (i.e. engagement with the Old Testament and New Testament scriptures), along with submissions that deny, either directly or indirectly, the key tenets put forward in the SATS statement of faith, will not be considered for publication. It is in the discretion of the editorial board to make the decision, and their decision is final.
Conspectus is a refereed evangelical theological e-journal published biannually by the South African Theological Seminary (www.sats.edu.za). The journal is a publication for scholarly articles in any of the major theological disciplines. The ISSN number is ISSN 1996-8167.
The purpose of Conspectus is to provide a forum for scholarly, Bible-based, theological research and debate. The journal is committed to operate within an evangelical framework, namely, one that is predominately classical and historically orthodox in its interpretive approach, and that affirms the inspiration and authority of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. The journal seeks to publish well-researched essays and reviews on a broad range of suitable biblical and theological topics that are as clear and accessible as possible for the benefit of both specialist and non-specialist readers.
Conspectus aims to combine sound scholarship with a practical and readable approach. Submissions must present the results of sound research into a biblical, theological, or practical problem in a way that it would be valuable to scholars, pastors, students, missionaries, or other Christian workers.
Conspectus publishes three kinds of theological research:
Scholarly essays of 3000–10000 words on biblical, theological, or ministerial topics, and should demonstrate mastery of the current scholarship on the topic.
Book reviews of 1000–5000 words reviewing publications in fields of interest to Conspectus. We favour detailed reviews that can offer students and pastors insight into the content, strengths, and limitations of the book.
Project reports of 1000–4000 words reflecting the findings of theological research projects, including theses and dissertations.
In doctrine, the South African Theological Seminary is broadly evangelical. We believe in the inspiration of Scripture, the doctrine the Trinity, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the sinfulness of man, the need for salvation through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through believers, and the centrality of the local church to the mission of God. SATS stands on the triune doctrinal foundation—Bible-based, Christ-centred, and Spirit-led. Conspectus reinforces these three core theological tenets by means of scholarly research that deliberates their meaning and application for the modern church.