IS FIDES QUAERENS INTELLECTUM A SCHOLARLY ENTERPRISE? SOME THOUGHTS ON CONFESSIONAL THEOLOGY AT A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY

ABSTRACTIn the context of reflection in South Africa about the place of confessional theology at public universities, and in critical conversation with positions defended by thinkers like Hans Albert, Gerhard Ebeling, Ben Vedder, Vincent Brümmer and Gijsbert van den Brink, a case can be made for a legitimate place at public universities for a theology that goes beyond merely describing and analysing faith to evaluate religious points of view and suggest new ways of expressing faith drawing from a specific faith tradition, thereby serving not only the academy and broader society in general, but also specifically a faith community. Such a case can even be made within the narrow confines of a modernist understanding of what constitutes true academic scholarship, given the centrality of the notion of intersubjectivity within such an understanding.

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Oor | About Gerrit Brand

Gerrit is senior lektor in sistematiese teologie aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch, en die skrywer van verskeie vakkundige en populêre artikels asook die monografie Speaking of a Fabulous Ghost – In Search of Theological Criteria, with Special Reference to the Debate on Salvation in African Christian Theology. Sy blog, DinkNet, kan op die aanlyn joernaal LitNet gelees word. Verder skryf hy rubrieke vir die Kerkbode, die Maandblad Zuid-Afrika en Streven. Hy is getroud met Lucia, en hulle het twee seuns, Simon en Arend. Hulle woon in Stellenbosch. || Gerrit is senior lecturer in systematic theology at Stellenbosch University, en the author of several academic and popular articles, as well as the monograph Speaking of a Fabulous Ghost – In Search of Theological Criteria, with Special Reference to the Debate on Salvation in African Christian Theology. His blog, DinkNet, can be read on the online journal LitNet. He also writes columns for Kerkbode, Maandblad Zuid-Afrika and Streven. He is married to Lucia, and they have two sons, Simon and Arend. They live in Stellenbosch.
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