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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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LOMBAARD, Christo. Faith matters: Two aspects of the present theological scene in South Africa. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2013, vol.39, suppl.1, pp. 113-128. ISSN 2412-4265.

Dedicated to Cornel du Toit, this article identifies two trends in theology which play a role in South Africa. The first trend is a possible move from or within the post-modernist cultural phase to a neo-essentialist or critical realist basic frame of understanding which suits theology as intellectual pursuit well. The second trend is in contextual theology, which - with the bibliological sciences as example - tends to move too far away from its central specialism to make meaningful contributions to the (South) African scene. By focussing on its strengths, however, theology can be a contextually valuable discussion partner in South Africa. It also fits in well with the current move from or within post-modernism, identified as the first trend, in which theology has just as valid a place as any of the other traditional academic fields.

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