Essays on Being Reformed: Collected Essays 3

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AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, Dec 1, 2009 - Religion - 549 pages

What does it mean to be Reformed Christians in the world today ? and in Africa and South Africa? What does it mean to commemorate the legacy of John Calvin (1509-1564) after 500 years ? in a modern world characterised by democracy, by popular notions of human dignity and human rights, by worldwide struggles for individual freedoms and for social justice, by a global economy in crisis ? when social historians argue about the lasting contribution of Calvin and his followers precisely with respect to all these modern phenomena?

The 28 essays by Dirkie Smit selected for this volume deal with such questions.

 

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Contents

Views on Calvins ethics from a South African perspective
1
The Trinity in the Reformed tradition?
35
Rhetoric and ethic? A Reformed perspective on the politics of reading the Bible
53
Iustification and divine justice?
87
Freedom in belonging? Iohn Calvins understanding of human freedom
121
On illness and providence? Questions from the Reformed tradition
141
Calvin on the sacraments and church unity
165
On Calvins reception in South Africa Reminders and questions
185
Social transformation and confessing the faith? Karl Barths view
307
Barmen and Belhar in conversation A South African perspective
325
Paradigms of radical grace
337
Reformed confession and ecumenical reception? On the Confession of Belhar
359
Compassionate justice?
377
Mainline Protestantism in South Africa and modernity?
395
Can we still be Reformed? Questions from a South Africa perspective
423
Challenges for Reformed churches in Africa A contemporary narrative
441

Liberating Reformed Theology A review article
195
On adventures and misfortunes More stories about Reformed theology
217
What does it mean to live in South Africa and to be Reformed?
239
Could being Reformed have made a difference? On practical theology
259
On reading Karl Barth in South Africa today?
275
Confessing as gathering the fragments? On the Reformed way of dealing
295
Worship and civil society? Perspectives from a Reformed tradition
461
On learning to see? A Reformed perspective on the church and the poor
473
On selflove Impulses from Calvin and Calvinism for life in society?
493
Morality and politics secular or sacred? Calvinist traditions
513
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