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PROF. ROBERT VOSLOO

Ecclesiology


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Qualifications

University of Western Cape, South Africa:

DTh, 1994
Dissertation: “Verhaal en Moraal: ‘n ondersoek na die narratiewe etiek van Stanley Hauerwas” (Narrative and Morality: An Evaluation of the Narrative Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas). Dissertation advisor: Prof Dirkie Smit.

Stellenbosch University:
MTh. (cum laude), 1991
(Mini-thesis on the notion of revelation in the theology of Karl Barth and Harry Kuitert).
BTh. 1988-1990
Major in Systematic Theology and Ethics (mini-thesis on the relationship between Christ and culture in the theology of Richard Niebuhr).
BA (with theological subjects), 1985-1987
Major in Philosophy and Theological Studies.

Vision

He has a vision to rediscover something of the depth and vastness of the Christian tradition in a time of increasing historical forgetfulness and growing polarisation. History from a Reformed perspective takes the past seriously in order to embody it faithfully, creatively and hopefully in the present. The emphasis is on thinking theologically about Church History and Church Law.

Research Areas

  • Methodological questions dealing with memory and historiography
  • South African Church History/ historiography with a focus on the interwoven histories of the Dutch Reformed
  • Church and the Uniting Reformed Church.
  • John Calvin as a “site of memory” in South Africa
  • The theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Historical-theological engagement with the notion of hospitality

Selected Publications

Books include:

- 2009. Dirk J. Smit, Essays on Being Reformed: Collected Essays 3, edited Robert Vosloo. Stellenbosch: Sun Media.

- 2006. Oom Bey for the Future: Engagements with the witness of Beyers Naudé (co-editor with Len Hansen). Stellenbosch: Sun Media.

- 2006. Engele as gaste? In gesprek oor gasvryheid teenoor die ander. Wellington: Lux Verbi. [Angels as Guests? In Conversation regarding Hospitality towards the Other]

- 2002. Die ligtheid van die lig: Morele oriëntasie in ‘n postmoderne tyd (co-authored with Nico Koopman). Wellington: Lux Verbi.[The lightness of the light: Moral Orientation in a Postmodern Situation]


Chapters in books

- 2010 “The Presbytery and Church Reunification in the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches in South Africa: The Story of the United Presbytery of Stellenbosch”. Janssen, A and Van den Broeke, L (eds.), A Collegial Bishop: Classis and Presbytery at Issue (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2010).

- 2009. “Bonhoeffer, Leadership and a Call to New Authority: A South African Theological Perspective.” Tietz, C, Plant, S and De Gruchy (eds), Dietrich Bonhoeffers Theologie heute: Ein Weg zwichen Fundamentalismus und Säkularismus? / Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theology Today: A Way between Fundamentalism and Secularism?, 352-366.

- 2009. “Calvin and Anti-Apartheid Memory in the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches in South Africa”. De Niet, J, Paul, H and Wallet, B, Sober, Strict, and Scriptural: Collective Memories of John Calvin 1800-2000 (Leiden: Brill), 217-244.

- 2009. “Körper, Gesundheit und HIV-AIDS: Einige Betrachtungen im Licht der Theologie des Dietrich Bonhoeffer”. Günter Thomas & Isolde Karle (Hrsg.), Krankheitsdeutung in de postsäkularen Gesellschaft: Theologische Ansätze im interdisziplinären Gespräch (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 2009), 489-502.

- 2006. “Hospitality and Truth-telling: Revisiting the legacy of Beyers Naudé.” Hansen, L D and Vosloo R R (eds), Oom Bey for the Future: Engagements with the witness of Beyers Naudé. Stellenbosch: Sun Media, 129-136.

- 2005. “Facing Homosexuality: From an Ethics of Security to an Ethics of Hospitality.” Mikki van Zyl and Melissa Steyn (eds), Performing Queer: Shaping Sexualities 1994-2004. Cape Town: Kwela, 323-334.

- 2002. “The Promise of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theological Anthropology for Reconfiguring Holiness”. C. Gremmels and W. Huber (eds): Religion im Erbe: Dietrich Bonhoeffer und die Zukunftsfähigkeit des Christentums. Güterloh: Christian Kaiser, 125-143.

Articles in accredited journals

-2010. “Remembering John Calvin in South Africa today?”. NGTT 51 Supplementum, 423-435.

- 2010. “Konfessionele Neo-Calvinisme na die Du Plessis-saak”, NGTT 51 Supplementum, 275-288

- 2009. “Calvin, the Academy in Geneva and 150 years of theology at Stellenbosch: historical-theological contributions to the conversation on theological education”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXV, December 2009, 17-33.

- 2009. “Quo Vadis Church History? Some Theses on the Future of Church History as an Academic Theological Discipline”. Scriptura 100: 54-64.

- 2009. “Herinnering, Tradisie, Teologie: Op weg na ‘n verantwoordelike historiese hermeneutiek”, NGTT 50/ 1&2: 280-288.

- 2009. “The Displaced Calvin: ‘Refugee Reality’ as lens to Re-examine Calvin’s Life, Theology and Legacy”. Religion and Theology 16: 35-52.

- 2008. “The feeling of time. Bonhoeffer and Temporality and the Fully human life”. Scriptura 99/3: 337-349.

- 2008. “The State of exception and religious freedom: Revisiting the Church-State confrontation correspondence and statements of 1988”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXIV/1: 193-210.

- 2007. “Neem, lees … vertolk, bely! Kantaantekeninge by die teologie van Dirkie Smit. Ned Geref Teologiese tydskrif (NGTT) 48: 1&2, 397-411.

- 2007. “Reconfiguring Ecclesial Identity: In Conversation with Paul Ricoeur”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXIII/ 1: 273-293.

-2007. “Beyond Spirituality: Bonhoeffer and Responses to the Dejudaization of Christianity”. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 127, 82-95.

- 2006. “Body and Health in the light of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”, Religion and Theology 13/1, 23-37.

- 2005. “Archiving Otherwise: Some Remarks on Memory and Historical Responsibility.” Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXX/2, 379-399.

- 2004. “Anderkant etiek: Tradisie, dekonstruksie en verdere weë”. NGTT 45/ 3&4, 936-955.

- 2004. “Etiek as optiek? Oor die rol van beelde en die verbeelding in die morele lewe”. NGTT 45/ 1&2, 137-151.

- 2004. “Identity, Otherness and the Triune God: Theological Groundwork for an Ethic of Hospitality”. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 119, 69-89.

- 2003. “Public Morality and the Need for an Ethos of Hospitality.” Scriptura 82/1, 63-71.

- 2002. “The Gift of Participation: On the Triune God and the Christian Moral Life”. Scriptura 79/1, 93-103.

- 2001. “Reconciliation as the Embodiment of Memory and Hope”. Journal of Theology of Southern Africa 109, 25-40.

- 1999. “Being Created in the Image of the Triune God: The Trinity and Human Personhood”. Theological Forum, 27/1&2, 13-33.

- 1997. “Back to Virtue? Some Remarks on the Recent Reappraisal of Virtue in Ethics”. Scriptura 62/3, 299-310.

- 1995. “Etiek en die deugde: ‘n kritiese ondersoek na die resente herwaardering van die deugde in die etiek” NGTT 36/2, 272-283.

- 1994. “Verhaal en moraal: Enkele metodologiese opmerkings oor die narratief-etiese benadering van Stanley Hauerwas” (met Dirkie Smit). NGTT 36/4, 583-592.


Selection of other publications:

- 2008. Review of Shults, F L, The Evolution of Rationality: Interdisciplinary Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen. NGTT 2008.

- 2008. Review of “Reformed Theology: Identity and Ecumenicity.” The Bulletin for the Institute of Reformed Theology, 2008.

- 2008. Review of “Reformed Theology: Identity and Ecumenicity II” Studia Historiae Ecclesiastica 2008

- 2006. Review of König, A, “Christelike doop én bekeringsdoop”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXII/ 1, 380-382.

- 2006. Review of Paul Griffith, “Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity”. Interpretation 60/2, 232.

- 2005. Review of John Webster, “Holiness”; “Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch”. Interpretation 59/4: 438-439.

- 2005. God se antwoord … is ‘n vraag (with Ockert Meyer and Ian Nell). Wellington, Lux Verbi.

- 2005. Review of Piet Naudé, “Drie maal Een is Een: ‘n Besinning oor God vandag”. Die Burger.

- 2005. “9.5 Stellinge oor luister en vernuwing”. Kruisgewys 5/3, 7.

- 2004. Review: Denise Ackermann, “After the Locusts: Letters from a Landscape of Faith”. Die Burger, 16 February 2004.

- 2003. Review: Caryl Phillips, “A Distant Shore”. Die Burger, 6 October 2003.

- 2002. “Gasvryheid”. In Burger, C W and Nell, I (eds), Draers van die waarheid: Nuwe Testamentiese visies vir gemeentes. Stellenbosch, BUVTON, 305-306.

- 2002. “Triniteit”. In Burger, C W en Nell, I (eds), Draers van die waarheid: Nuwe Testamentiese visies vir gemeentes. Stellenbosch, BUVTON, 325-327.

- 2002. Review of James Cochrane and Bastienne Klein (eds), “Sameness and Difference: Problems and Potentials in South African Civil Society”. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 113, 112-114.

- 2001. “Identiteit, Andersheid en die Drie-enige God: ‘n Etiek van gasvryheid (1)” Kruisgewys 1/1, 48-51.

- 2001. “Op soek na tyd: ‘n Etiek van gasvryheid (2)”. Kruisgewys 1/ 2, 4-8.

- 2000. Review: Van Rensburg, J J, “The Paradigm Shift: An Introduction to Postmodern thought and its Implications for Theology”. Die Burger 12 July 2000.

- 1999. “Prente van ‘n passie”. Wellington: Lux Verbi.

- 1997. “Perspektiewe op die Christelike deugde met die oog op die prediking”. Burger, C W, Muller, B A and Smit, D J (reds), Woord teen die Lig III/4. Wellington: Lux Verbi.

- 1997. “Om gasvryheid te beoefen”. Burger, C W, Muller, B A and Smit, D J (eds), Woord teen die Lig III/4. Wellington: Lux Verbi.

- 1997. Review of D. Forrester, “The True Church and Morality: Reflections on Ecclesiology and Ethics”. Missionalia 25/2, 229-230.

- 1997. Review of W. Boesak, “God’s Wrathful Children: Political Oppression and Christian Ethics”. Missionalia 25/3, 467-468.


Selected presentations

- “Bonhoeffer, Transcendence and the ‘Turn to Religion’”. Conference on Transcendence and Culture, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, October 2010.

- “The ghost of Cottesloe”. Church Historical Society of Southern Africa, August 2010.

- Memory, History and Forgiveness. Lectures at the University of Augsburg, May 2010.

- ‘”Difficult Forgiveness? Some remarks in conversation with Paul Ricoeur”. Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick, 2010.

- “Remembering Calvin in South Africa”. Calvin conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, August 2009.

- “Calvin’s Theological Heritage in South Africa: Engaging an Ambivalent, Contested and Promising Legacy,” IRTI Conference, Aix-en-Provence, 7-12 July 2009

- Calvin, the Academy of Geneva and 150 years of theology at Stellenbosch: Historical-theological contributions to the conversation on theological education”. Church Historical Society of Southern Africa conference, Stellenbosch, June 2009

- “Church History at theological faculties – Quo Vadis?” Theology Quo Vadis? Conference, Stellenbosch, June 2009.

- “Bonhoeffer, leadership and a call to new authority: A South African theological perspective”. International Bonhoeffer Conference, Prague, July 2008.

- “The Displaced Calvin: The ‘refugee reality’ as lens for engaging the life and work of John Calvin”. Conference of the Theological Society of South Africa, Grahamstown, June 2008.

- “The Presbytery and Church Reunification in the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches in South Africa: The Story of the United Presbytery of Stellenbosch”. Conference at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Jersey, April, 2008.

- “The Welcoming Table: Reforming body practices”. Conference of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November 2007.

- “Challenging security: Engaging the witness of Beyers Naudé”. Public lecture at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, November 2007.

- “Reconfiguring Ecclesial Identity: In conversation with Paul Ricoeur on the representation of the past”. Paper read at the Church Historical Society of Southern Africa, Johannesburg 2007.

- “Body, Health and HIV/ AIDS. Some reflections in the light of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Paper for research project “Krankheitsdeutung in postsäkularer Gesellschaft”. Bochum, Germany, 15 July 2006.

- “Beyond ‘Spirituality’: Bonhoeffer and Responses to the Dejudaization of Christianity”. Paper read at the meeting of the Theological Society of Southern Africa, Pietermaritizburg, June 2006.

- “Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Beyers Naudé on discernment”. Paper read at the American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia in November 2005.

- “Bonhoeffer on Freedom and Authority”. Paper read at the Church-State Conference at the University of Stellenbosch, October 2005.

- “Hospitality and Truth-telling: Revisiting the legacy of Beyers Naudé.” Paper read at conference on the legacy of Beyers Naudé, Stellenbosch University, August 2005

- “Body and Health in the light of the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Theological Society of Southern Africa, University of Stellenbosch, June 2005.

- “The Feeling of Time: Bonhoeffer on Temporality and the Fully Human Life.” International Bonhoeffer Conference, Rome, June 2004.

- “Public Morality and the Need for an Ethos of Hospitality.” Theological Society of Southern Africa, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, June 2002.

- “The Gift of Participation”. Theological Society of Southern Africa, University of Western Cape, South Africa, June 2001.

- “Identity, Otherness and the Triune God”. Theological Society of Southern Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2000.

- “The Promise of Bonhoeffer’s Theological Anthropology”. International Bonhoeffer Congress, Berlin, Germany, August 2000.

- “Verhaal en Moraal” (Narrative and Ethics). Western Cape Theological Society, May 1995.

- “Etiek en die deugde” (Ethics and Virtue). Theological Society of Southern Africa, Grahamstown, South Africa, June 1995.

- “Is Narrative an Adequate Paradigm for Theology and Ethics?” Princeton Theological Seminary, Sept 1993.

 

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