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    COVID-19 Shows the Need to Make Church More Flexible.Jerry Pillay - 2020 - Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 37 (4):266-275.
    The COVID-19 challenge is unprecedented. It has caused enormous trauma, disrupted economies, social life, mass transportation, work and employment, supply chains, leisure, sport, international relations, academic programmes; literally everything. Churches and religious communities have not been spared; they have been severely affected and, in all likelihood, permanently transformed by the pandemic. The pre-COVID-19 world is gone, replaced by a ‘new normal’. The new landscape calls for both resilience and adaptation, embracing new ways of doing things and of being church. Churches (...)
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    The missional renaissance: Its impact on churches in South Africa, ecumenical organisations, and the development of local congregations.Jerry Pillay - 2015 - HTS Theological Studies 71 (3).
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    The church as a transformation and change agent.Jerry Pillay - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (3):1-12.
    This article traces the historical impact of the church in transforming, developing and changing society. It looks at how the church in selected periods in history, mainly in the reformation era, worked towards the transformation of society and communities. Extracting from these the author attempts to show how this can be applied to the church in the South African context. Further, the author explores the changing dynamics and characteristics of being church today and establishes that it is not so much (...)
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    The Accra Confession as a response to empire.Jerry Pillay - 2018 - HTS Theological Studies 74 (4):1-6.
    The Accra Confession was formulated and adopted by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in Accra, Ghana, in 2004. This article traces the historical development of the Accra Confession and its continued impact on the present. It aims to show the confession as a Reformed response to 'empire'. The article explores the content, debates and challenges the Accra Confession offers to the notion of empire.
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    The significance of social justice and diakonia in the Reformed tradition.Jerry Pillay - 2022 - HTS Theological Studies 78 (4):12.
    The Reformed tradition, emerging in the 16th-century Reformation, consists of a variety of sources that often lead to complex and differing views about beliefs, doctrines and ethics. However, this tradition and theology have always stressed the significance of social justice and diakonia as important aspects of faith and ministry, even though its great sense of diversity has often nuanced and stressed different levels of understanding and engagement of social justice. This article aims to show that social justice and diakonia are (...)
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    Faith and reality: The role and contributions of the ecumenical church to the realities and development of South Africa since the advent of democracy in 1994.Jerry Pillay - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (4):1-7.
    Many Christians feel quite disillusioned and disappointed with the church in South Africa today because they assume that the church, in particular the South African Council of Churches, is not playing an adequate prophetic role in building the democratic South Africa since 1994. This article traces the role and contributions of the SACC and other ecumenical organisations to the building of a democratic South Africa. It establishes that whilst the SACC had lost its focus and vision and has an ecumenical (...)
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    Historical Theology at public universities matter.Jerry Pillay - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (1).
    South African universities are in the process of serious transformation and restructuring. The place of faculties of theology at universities has come under the spotlight resulting in the closure of several theological faculties or in the moving of theology to other faculties, mainly humanities or arts. Theology is under pressure and in the current academic environment, Church History, in its traditional form, has all but disappeared from South African universities. This article is an attempt to address the current situation. Whilst (...)
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    Theological Education and Missional Formation in the South African Context.Jerry Pillay - 2018 - Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 35 (3):179-191.
    This article looks at theological education and missional formation in the South African context. It examines the understanding of theology and mission and connects it with theological education. It then proceeds to explore some of the essential elements that should constitute theological education in the South African context. The aim is to show that theological education in South Africa is in need of transformation.
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    Reformation and transformation today: Essentials of reformation tradition and theology as seen from the perspectives of the South.Jerry Pillay - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (3).
    The Protestant Reformation is one of the greatest turning points in the history of Christianity. In some senses, it is described as a ‘theological revolution’ which led to the emergence of the Protestant movement and the separation of the Church. This research explores some of the theological themes that became the turning point of Christianity. These themes are sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus and Soli Deo Gloria. This article attempts to briefly explore these essential theological principles of (...)
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    Apartheid in the Holy Land: Theological reflections on the Israel and/or Palestine situation from a South African perspective.Jerry Pillay - 2016 - HTS Theological Studies 72 (4).
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    A historical survey of the African Neo-Pentecostals’ response to digital transformation.Daniel O. Orogun & Jerry Pillay - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):11.
    The ongoing digital transformation (DT) in our world has not only brought change to secular systems but also to how things are done in the mission and ministry of the Christian faith. Although before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, some churches were interacting with DT, the post COVID-19 experience has shown that many more Christian organisations, especially, the African Neo-Pentecostal Churches (ANPC), have carved their niche in the digital space. With South Africa and Nigeria in view, this article investigated (...)
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    The Poor of Christ in the Roman Church: Role and relevance for today.Horst Müller & Jerry Pillay - 2020 - HTS Theological Studies 76 (1).
    A lay movement known as the Poor of Christ, incorrectly referred to as the Waldensians, started in the Roman Church in 1176 and rapidly spread through Europe despite severe persecution by the church. Through their values and methods, they impacted on the communities where they were present. This article aims to show their role and contributions indicating its impact on the 16th century Reformation and relevance for the church today. It does this by examining selected themes from the Poor of (...)
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    African Neo-Pentecostal capitalism through the lens of Ujamaa.Daniel Orogun & Jerry Pillay - 2021 - HTS Theological Studies 77 (4):1-8.
    This article engaged in critical analyses of the capitalistic nature of the practices of African Neo-Pentecostal leaders with a focus on a few but most popular Nigerian and South African Neo-Pentecostal leaders. Using Julius Nyerere's African moral philosophy called Ujamaa, the article viewed and critiqued the narratives with an emphasis on how antithetical such practices are to the communitarian nature of African society which provides for people-centred servant leadership. Progressively, the article discovered that such capitalistic practices promote manipulative, exploitative and (...)
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    Editorial Comment.Jerry Pillay - 2020 - HTS Theological Studies 76 (1).
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    Huldyrch Zwingli’s contribution to the Reformation.Jerry Pillay & Catherine McMillan - 2019 - HTS Theological Studies 75 (4):1-8.
    Huldyrch Zwingli, the first Swiss reformer in Zurich, made significant contributions to the 16th-century Reformation, yet he remains relatively unknown, if not forgotten. He is generally overshadowed by other reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin. This article attempts to bring Zwingli to the surface by examining some of his contributions in Zurich which impacted the Reformation at large. This is especially significant because 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Zwingli. The aim of the article is to provide an (...)
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    Presbyterian Indians in South Africa.Jerry Pillay - 2016 - HTS Theological Studies 72 (1).
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    Wither black theology of liberation? Perspectives from the late Professor Vuyani Vellem.Jerry Pillay - 2020 - HTS Theological Studies 76 (3).
    The future of a black theology of liberation has been in question since the demise of apartheid in South Africa. The constitution of democracy in the country has raised questions about the relevance and purpose of such a theology in the wake of a new dispensation. Can we continue to promote the idea of ‘blackness’ in a democratic South Africa? Extracting from the contributions of the late Professor Vuyani Vellem, and as a tribute to his work, this article aims to (...)
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    Can God create humans with free will who never commit evil?Lee Pham Thai & Jerry Pillay - 2020 - HTS Theological Studies 76 (1).
    Can an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God create humans with free will without the capacity to commit evil? Scholars have taken opposite positions on the contentious problem. Using scripture and the rules of logic, we argue that God cannot create impeccable creatures because of his ‘simplicity’. God cannot create gods, because God is uncreated. Peccable humans freely choose to disobey their creator and thus cannot blame him for the horrendous evils in this world. Concerning the belief of sinless humans with free (...)
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    From the tower to the pews: A call for academic theology to re-engage with the local context.Jonathan M. Womack & Jerry Pillay - 2019 - HTS Theological Studies 75 (4):8.
    This article assesses the shortcomings and the disconnectedness of the current academic theological education in South Africa. It offers a brief history to provide a guiding principle for academic theology. It then proceeds to show the current disconnect and challenges between academic theology and the church, with its primary focus on academic theology. Drawing on original research and reflection on these responses, commodification, euro-centricity and rankings are seen as three traps of modern academics. These three areas have distorted the true (...)
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    Colloquium on Youth Day 16 June 2017: The Commission of Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches in association with the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and its centennial celebration in 2017. [REVIEW]Andries G. Van Aarde, L. Wiseman Nkuhlu, Johan Buitendag, Olav F. Tveit, Jerry Pillay, Mary Anne Plaatjies Van Huffel, Gustav Claassen & André Ungerer - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (1).
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