In this theological study, the author gives examples of neglect and abuse experienced by the aged in South Africa, in a variety of care situations. She explains that the so-called ecological theory has been considered most helpful for understanding the causes of elder abuse, and outlines the four categories of factors identified by this theory.
Because of the South African Civil Union Act, the high price of lobola, and the visible effects of failed relationships, cohabitation has become increasingly popular. This article discusses "vat en sit," and shows that most reformed black churches face the challenge of how to address this. The author looks at the effect that "vat en sit" has on the church, and shows how church councils can address this issue.
This article evaluates the practice of paying lobola/mahadi among the Basotho. It shows that the expensive dowry, or bride price, has negative impacts on the social, economic and faith life of those desiring to get married. The author provides practical guidelines on how the church can deal with this situation, especially since expensive dowries can encourage cohabitation.
This article reflects on the belief that some people have the power to make or prevent rain. Looking at the rain ritual of the Pedi and the rain queen Modjadji, this article shows that there is no biblical evidence that people can cause rain. God is the one who gives and withholds rain. The church should pray to ask God for rain.
This article discusses the views of Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin on sexuality and sexual intercourse, comparing them to the understanding of the Basotho culture in Africa. Though there are some points of agreement, this article shows that the Basotho’s understanding of sex does not place God at the centre or promote His glory.
This article gives a framework for thinking about witchcraft in Africa. The author defines witchcraft, provides an existential outlook for thinking about witchcraft in Africa, and gives some biblical reflections on how to address it.