Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

Prayer practices and faith convictions of churchless millennial Christians: A ritual-liturgical exploration

Marileen Steyn, Cas Wepener Academic research 2020-01-29

“In order to guide millennials through their unique context and experience of loss, a new approach to worship is necessary.”

The aesthetics of divine ugliness: The portrayal of a vulnerable God in the art of painting within processes of paradigmatic transformation in theological thinking – the disgust of filth (skúbalon) and the scandal of malediction (skandalon)

Daniel Louw Academic research 2020-01-27

“When Christianity was threatened, a kind of divine imperialism was introduced to justify a clerical ecclesiology and maintain dogmatic stances regarding social life problems.”

Teacher perspectives on blended learning as a teaching and learning approach to language teaching for the 21st-century learner

Marné Pedro, Michele van der Merwe Academic research 2020-01-09

“Within the contextual framework of the 21st-century classroom, it should be noted that technology forms part of the overall frame of reference for today’s learners.”

What makes a wine festival successful? The Robertson Valley story

Engelina du Plessis Academic research 2020-01-07

“Results indicate that the right market, a variety of products, and a personal service approach are some of the most vital factors that lead to a thriving and sustainable wine festival.”

The sublime in ecology: An ecofeminist theological interpretation of an Eastern Cape artist’s ecological vision, spirituality and identity

Annalet van Schalkwyk Academic research 2019-12-16

“The aim and strategy of ecofeminism is to radically transform how humans live in relation to the environment.”

Elisabeth Eybers’s “soetste kettery” (sweetest heresy): The word and the Word in her poetry

Lina Spies Academic research 2019-12-13

“Without denying the universally human dimension to Elisabeth Eybers’s religious poetry, I regard her female identity as integral to reading these poems.”

A mystical reading of Psalm 42/3

Nico Viljoen, Pieter GR de Villiers Academic research 2019-12-12

“As a mystagogue, the speaker’s core command to his soul is to wait on God.”

“Is paradise a place in heaven or on earth, and why?” The nature and function of paradise according to the interpretation of John Chrysostom 

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2019-12-10

“According to John Chrysostom, what is the nature and function of paradise?”

“A pause between origin and destination”: Heterochronicity and minor transnationalism in Marlene van Niekerk’s volumes of poetry Gesant van die mispels and In die stille agterkamer

Janien Linde Academic research 2019-12-10

“She faithfully focuses on her trade with excellence and determination to create small but stirring poems that transcend temporal and spatial boundaries.”

Maintenance claims and sequestration under the Insolvency Act 24 of 1936

Melanie Roestoff Academic research 2019-12-09

“It is unacceptable that creditors with claims for arrear maintenance could be held liable for contribution where the free residue is insufficient to cover the sequestration costs.”

The ecotext in the classroom

Henriëtte Loubser Academic research 2019-12-09

“It is crucial that educators acknowledge the potential role of environmentally oriented narratives and utilise children’s love for stories by applying ecotexts in classrooms.”

Help, I’m a school principal in the middle of nowhere! Challenges to the principal’s leadership and management style

Leentjie van Jaarsveld Academic research 2019-12-06

“As the schools are isolated, support, trust and respect are crucial for the school to function fully and motivate learners to have a vision for the future.”

Bodily and moral impurity in Leviticus: an integrated purification system

Esias E. Meyer Academic research 2019-12-04

“The article engages with the debate on the difference between bodily or ritual impurity on the one hand and moral impurity on the other.”

Preventive dispute resolution in guardianship, care and contact matters in South Africa

Amanda Boniface Academic research 2019-12-02

“The conclusion reached is that preventive law must fit in with the legal system as a whole, as well as with the unique circumstances of the relevant family.”

The Club of Rome’s search for planetary well-being through the eyes of a reformed theologian

Johan Buitendag Academic research 2019-11-29

“The juxtaposition of theology and science provides the need for a new value system apparent in social sciences.”

Film adaptation as interpretation: The adaptation process from novel to film in reference to Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf and Michael Raeburn’s Triomf

Adean van Dyk Academic research 2019-11-27

“To which degree does Michael Raeburn’s film adaptation of Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf interpret the original story?”

A liturgical praxis theory for a theology of reconciliation and justice

Suzanne van der Merwe, Cas Wepener, Marcel Barnard Academic research 2019-11-20

“How can the liturgy as it is celebrated within the Dutch Reformed Church formatively promote reconciliation in the hearts of believers to impact on the current and future South African society?”

Extrinsic barriers to promotion: Experiences of female teachers in leadership positions at secondary schools in the post-apartheid era

Idilette van Deventer, Philip C van der Westhuizen, Mariska Ewart Academic research 2019-11-15

“[M]anagement posts in education are still dominated by male teachers.”

Institutes for advanced study: Elitist luxury or incubators of science?

Bernard Lategan Academic research 2019-11-14

“These facilities no doubt run the risk of becoming comfort zones, of being perceived as a reward after a strenuous career, or an end in itself.”

Language and practice: a case study on Afrikaans First Additional Language with grade 4 learners in a multilingual school

Jana Nel, Michael le Cordeur, Phumla Kese Academic research 2019-11-13

“Learners’ home languages should not be ignored; whether the learners form a minority in the class or not, their home languages need to be acknowledged.”