Fields of research
The evolution of the biblical faith – driven by God’s vision of comprehensive well-being and manifest in God’s redemptive responses to human needs in ever new historical situations and patterns of thought. (See Theology of the biblical witness / Biblical theology in outline)
An experiential (inductive) rather than speculative (deductive), biblicist or propositional (doctrinal) approach to theology (See Sistematiese Teologie and the position paper on the theme).
A critical translation of the biblical message into the thought patterns of today.
-- African religion (See The living dead and the living God)
-- Modernity and postmodernity (See The living dead and the living God)
-- The scientific worldview. (See Richard Dawkins’ God Delusion / Regaining sanity for the earth)
Salvation seen in terms of God’s evolving vision of comprehensive optimal well-being operating like a shifting horizon that opens up ever new vistas, challenges and opportunities.
The gospel understood as God’s suffering, transforming acceptance of the unacceptable into his fellowship, which creates a new, diversified community (See Zuspruch des Seinsrechts) .
The potential of Luther’s experiential theology to respond to the needs and world views of today (See Martin Luther’s message for us today).
Social dynamics and Theological Ethics
The growing discrepancies in productive capacity, income and life chances between economic centres and economic backwaters and their ecological impact in a multidisciplinary perspective (see Power and Beliefs in SA / Prosperity, Poverty and Pollution / Making ends meet / Regaining sanity for the earth).
The phenomenon of ideology as a justification mechanism of the pursuit of collective self-interest (See Beyond Marx and Market).
Democracy in Africa (see A democratic vision for South Africa).
The interaction between African traditionalism and modernity in religious, social and economic terms (see The living dead and the living God).
The relation between the Christian faith and modern science and its ecological significance. (see Regaining sanity for the earth – why science needs best faith to be responsible, why faith needs best science to be credible).