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Adam Stewart, Andrew K. Gabriel and Kevin Shanahan

Introduction In 1985 and 1986, Carl Verge distributed a questionnaire on religious belief and practice to two groups of credential holders, or clergy, 1 within The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada ( PAOC ), the largest pentecostal and largest evangelical denomination in Canada. 2

Jason Goroncy

pressing implications for the ongoing viability of the reformed project. Four Constructive Implications for the Reformed Project 1 Belief beyond Medievalism Whatever adjectives one employs to appraise Gregory’s thesis, ‘novel’ ought not to be among them. Indeed, his

Lambert Zuidervaart

says little about types of knowing that are qualified in nonanalytic ways. Standard epistemologies that define knowledge as justified true belief reflect some elements of the complex relationship I have described. 5 Justified indicates a certain sort of confirmation for a certain sort of

Participation and Beliefs in Popular Religiosity

An Empirical-Theological Exploration among Italian Catholics


Francesco Zaccaria

Many academic disciplines have contributed to the study of popular religiosity, but the definition of this phenomenon and of its relation with official religion still remains a problematic topic. This book offers an empirical-theological investigation of popular religiosity by exploring among Italian Catholics the relation between popular religious participation (processions, pilgrimages, vows, et cetera) and religious beliefs. The investigated beliefs are beliefs about God, about human suffering in relation to God, about Jesus Christ, and about the church. The results indicate that popular religious participation influences some of these beliefs. This study contributes to an empirically based picture of a complementary relation between popular religiosity and official religion within the Catholic Church in Italy.

Roy R. Jeal

Christian social environment. They did what groups and communities of all kinds and in all places do: they shaped and reshaped language in ways that, for themselves at least, effectively expressed their beliefs and their worldview. They produced rhetorolects that communicated to minds informed about the


Frank Cranmer

In Religion and belief in United Kingdom employment law, Frank Cranmer discusses the relationships between religion and employment in the wider context. It is a particularly complex area of law that touches on a wide variety of issues, ranging from the basic question, ‘exactly what constitutes a “religion” or “belief”?’ to ‘what kinds of religious dress do my employees have a right to wear to work?’ and ‘what religious standards – if any – can I, as an employer, demand of my employees?’.

The purpose of the study is to provide an overview of some of the current issues and problems surrounding the law relating to employment by religious organisations and the manifestation of religion in the workplace. Because the complexity of the law means that individual outcomes in disputed cases are often depend heavily on the facts, it does so primarily by examining recent case-law.

Roy Clouser

In his article “Fides et Ratio” (Philosophia Reformata 2000, 65: 72-104), Eduardo Echeverria states he is writing out of his concern that since “”¦ the lack of unity among Christians represents the grave obstacle for the proclamation of the gospel, we should take every suitable opportunity to increase the unity of all Christians. The present essay is meant as a contribution toward this goal.” (p.72). The increased unity he has in mind is a reconciliation of the traditional scholastic interpretation of Christian doctrine (which he designates the “TSC”), and the Calvinist tradition (which I will designate the “CT”). More specifically, he seeks a unity between them concerning the relation of faith and reason, that is, the role of reason in belief in God. To this end he compares what he understands of the CT, as represented by Calvin and Dooyeweerd, with the TSC as represented by St Thomas and the encyclical, Fides et Ratio (1998) by Pope John Paul II. In all that follows I will be agreeing with Echeverria that this is, indeed, an important concern and a laudable goal, and I hope that what I offer here in reply to his essay will be taken in that same charitable spirit. So even though I find that Echeverria’s account of the differences between the TSC and the CT is seriously mistaken, I do agree that it would go a long way toward greater cooperation between our two traditions if we could at least agree on what our differences are and work toward resolving them. For that reason I will be more concerned here with clarifying those differences than with arguing for the CT. That does not mean that I will not at times offer brief accounts of why I think the CT is right to differ from the TSC on certain points; it only means that I do not regard the case I will make for these points as anywhere near complete. This brevity is made necessary because I find the misunderstandings of Calvin, and especially of Dooyeweerd, to be so many and so knotted in “Fides et Ratio” as to form a tangled skein that would require more than just one article to unravel. I have also decided that there are so many strands to this skein that for the sake of clarity I will restrict myself to only a few of them. My assumption is that it would be better to make real progress with getting a few key differences in focus, than to end up producing a tangle of my own in an attempt to cover every point raised in Echeverria’s long article. My hope is that the treatment of the points I do cover will be sufficient to indicate how a more thorough untangling would proceed.

Hennie Pieterse

261 R & T Vol 1/3 (1994) pp 261-282 Immanentistic beliefs in God: an elite response to secularisation Hennie Pieterse ABSTRACT This article reports the results of three empirical surveys on the reaction to modernity of white Dutch Reformed Church members of the higher socio-economic group in

Erik van den Bergh

'OH, LATER LAND OF RISING AND BELIEF' On Christian motives in Afrikaans literature Erik van den Bergh It is not that simple. Whoever probes into Christian motives in South African literature brings up a fascinating, yet highly complicated matter. To begin with, the notion of 'Christian motives

Owen Anderson

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156973207X231680 International Journal of Public Th eology 1 (2007) 382–407 Public Th eology, the Ethics of Belief and the Challenge of Divine Hiddenness Owen Anderson Arizona State University West Abstract Th is article