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Jakobus Marthinus Vorster’s ecclesio-political philosophy: A critical interpretation

Williams O. Mbamalu
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 46, No 1 | a42 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v46i1.42 | © 2012 Williams O. Mbamalu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 July 2012 | Published: 24 October 2012

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Williams O. Mbamalu, Unit for Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African society, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University,, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is a critical interpretation and commendation of Jakobus M. Vorster’s scholarly contribution to the field of ecclesiastical sciences, ethics and political philosophy. It shows that the imago Dei is a human creation of the image of God, a unifying concept in Vorster’s scholarly writing. What was implied is that Vorster’s ethico-biblical anthropology is the controlling thought in interpreting his ecclesio-political philosophy in this article. This is a proposed limitation of the essay rather than a limitation of Vorster as a person or his scholarly works in general.

Jakobus Marthinus Vorster se ecclesio-politiese filosofie: 'n Kritiese interpretasie. Hierdie artikel is ‘n kritiese interpretasie en huldiging van Jakobus M. Vorster se navorsingsbydrae tot die geestelike wetenskappe, etiek en politieke filosofie. Dit openbaar die eenvormige konsep in Vorster se navorsing, naamlik dat die imago Dei ‘n menslike skepping van God se beeld is. Die implikasie van hierdie artikel is dat Vorster se eties-bybelse antropologie die hoofoorweging is in die interpretasie van sy geestelik-politiese filosofie. Hierdie artikel is slegs ‘n beperkte aanbieding wat nie ‘n beperking op Vorster as persoon of sy navorsing impliseer nie.

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Anthropology; Calvinism; Ecclesiology; Ethics; Deontological

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