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ST AUGUSTINE PAPERS: A South African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
This is a biannual multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary journal published by St Augustine College of South Africa. This academic journal publishes scholarly, refereed articles and book reviews in all the fields in which academic programmes are offered at the College, including Theology, Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Peace Studies, Education, Social Sciences and the Humanities in general. Interdisciplinary articles are especially welcome. All manuscripts submitted for review undergo a double-blind peer review process. Final publishing decisions are made by the Editorial Committee.



Volume 21(1) 2020 – The Crisis of Sex Abuse

In April 2020, St Augustine Papers will publish a volume focusing on the crisis of sex abuse.
The call for papers is open until the end of January 2020.

The publication aims at bringing together the academic perspectives on the subject
as well as the experiences of various professional practitioners, policymakers and others.
Inter-disciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.
We welcome submissions related to the issues of child sex abuse in families,
communities, churches, educational institutions, etc.,
as well as those concerning sexual assault and harassment of adults in both private and professional contexts.
Articles which address the issue of advancing accountability and justice for victims
and survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence are also welcome.
We invite contributions grounded in the traditions of particular cultures and settings, as well as global perspectives.

Deadline for submissions: 29 February 2020


Volume 21(2) 2020 – The Art of Possibilities in Education

In November 2020, St Augustine Papers will publish a volume dedicated to the art of possibilities in education.
The call for papers is open until the end of August 2020.

Articles that explore possibilities for transformation through education may be submitted for peer-review.
They may focus on any tier of education: Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Graduate or Post Graduate.

Articles focusing on any of the following themes are welcome:

  • African philosophy/epistemology for education today
  • Catholic perspectives on education
  • Education theory for contemporary education
  • Education for moral imagination
  • Creativity, critical thinking and consciousness in education
  • Migration and education
  • Feminist contributions to education
  • Transforming education in post-conflict societies
  • Inclusive education
  • Education in a multi-faith and multicultural setting
  • Education in a digital era

Additionally, potential authors are encouraged to submit papers highlighting other aspects
of education not listed above that apprehend transformation for education.

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2020

Guidelines for the authors can be found below.









St Augustine Papers: A South African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is a biannual multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary journal published by St Augustine College of South Africa. This academic journal publishes scholarly, refereed articles and book reviews in all the fields in which academic programmes are offered at the College, including Theology, Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Peace Studies, Education, Social Sciences and the Humanities in general. Interdisciplinary articles are especially welcome. All manuscripts submitted for review undergo a double-blind peer review process. Final publishing decisions are made by the Editorial Committee.



All submissions to be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed section of St Augustine Papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review process, i.e., the reviewers will not know the identity of the author(s) and the author(s) will not know the identity of the reviewers (each article will be sent to at least one reviewer). Reviews are usually performed within one month.

All other submissions to the journal (editorials, book reviews, etc.) will be subject to review by the Editorial Committee.



Original research articles should be between 5000 and 9000 words in length in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal. Articles may be e-mailed to Prof Jakub Urbaniak at using software that is compatible with MS Word. The first page of the manuscript should carry the proposed title and author's name with highest degree. Under the name an identification line, giving title and position held, the institution and its location should appear. Personal details and a short biography (max. 100 words) should also be submitted. A brief abstract (no more than 150 words) should follow the author identification data.



Notes should be numbered serially throughout the text by superscript numbers (without parentheses) to the right of any punctuation marks. The notes themselves should appear at the end of the manuscript but before the references, under the caption 'Notes'.



The Harvard Referencing Style should be used. All references should be specified in parentheses in the text (and in the text of notes) by surname(s) of the author(s), the year of the publication and page number(s), for example (Dworkin 1986:45-52) or (Solomon & Higgins 1996:157) or (Grant et al. 1976:58). 'Et al.' is to be used for three and more authors. The complete citation should appear at the end of the manuscript (after the notes, if any) under the caption 'References'. Such citations should be listed alphabetically by surname of author; for authors cited more than once, by year of publication, with the most recent references first. Please note the use of capital letters, punctuation marks and italics in the following examples:

  • Foster, C. 2009. The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
  • Bean, P. and Melville, J. 1989. Lost Children of the Empire. London: Unwin Hyman.
  • Black, M. 1979. 'More about Metaphor'. In Ortony, A. (ed.). Metaphor and Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 19-43.
  • Sartre, J.-P. 1947. The Age of Reason. Trans. E. Sutton. London: Hamish Hamilton. 
  • Hrushovski, B. 1984. 'Poetic Metaphor and Frames of Reference'. Poetics Today 5(1): 5-43.
  • 'New Drug Appears to Sharply Cut the Risk of Death from Heart Failure'. 1993. The Washington Post, 30 July, 12.
  • Thomas, N.E. 1997. Review of Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism by F. Esack. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 37(1): 86.
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 1993. Springfield, MA.: Merriam-Webster.
  • Lessing, B.P. 1985. Nuclear energy. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 12: 127-129.
  • World Council of Churches (WCC). 1998. Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faith and Ideologies. Geneva. (accessed 20 March 2016).

You may download a more comprehensive list of examples here.

The Journal also welcomes unsolicited book reviews.

In 2017, we have introduced the “Other Voices” section which is a space dedicated to non-academic perspectives, views, comments and reflections on the questions that are of relevance, particularly, to the South African readership. Chosen volumes may include one such voice, carefully selected by the Editorial Committee and related to its general theme. These texts do not require peer-review and may differ in format from academic articles (op-eds, essays, reports, stories, poetry, and the like are welcome), but they must be no longer than 5000 words. There will not be a separate call for papers for this section: potential authors are welcome to send their proposals to the editor at any time at It is our hope that “Other Voices” will contribute to deepening the Journal’s contextual grounding, enriching its diversity and thus further increasing its appeal.



St Augustine Papers 1 (1): 1-60 (2000) - Download PDF here

Inauguration Lectures

  • Katongole, E. “The ‘Faces’ of African Philosophy: On Being ‘Placed” by Western Paradigms and/or Misrepresentations”
  • Tlhagale, B. “Inculturation: Bringing the African Culture into the Church”
  • Kasper,W.   “The Uniqueness and Universality of Jesus Christ”
  • van Tongeren, P.  “Two Difficult Virtues: Tolerance and Forgiveness”
  • van Tongeren, P.  “Euthanasia and Autonomy”
  • Vogelsang, H.  “Basic Values in the Basic Rights of the German Constitution”


St Augustine Papers 2 (1): 1-65 (2001) - Download PDF here

  • King, N.  “St Augustine Today”
  • van der Ven, J. “The Formation of Churches as Moral Communities”
  • Jans, J. “E-vangelisation:  A Theological Reflection on the Relation between the Internet and Christian Faith”
  • Bate, S. “What does it mean that the Church is the Instrument of the Kingdom of God in the South African Context:  A Catholic Perspective”


St Augustine Papers 3 (1): 1-96 (June 2002) - Download PDF here

  • Hodgson, P.  “Christianity and Science”


St Augustine Papers 3 (2): 1-57 (December 2002) - Download PDF here

  • Lamberigts, M. “Augustine’s View of Liberty Revisited”
  • O’Mahony,D.  “A Spirituality to accompany Sustainable Development”
  • Hoebeke, L. “The wisdom of the Book of Job and the Relation of Man to Nature”
  • Faller,P.   “The Integrity of Creation:  Environment as a Social Issue”


St Augustine Papers 4 (1): 1-67 (2003) - Download PDF here

  • Clohessy, C.  “Islamic Discourses”
  • Moss, R.  “Eschatology and Politics in Augustine’s ‘City of God’”
  • Lambrecht, J.  “Resurrection in 1 Cointhians 15: Paul’s Reasoning and our Questions”
  • van Vuuren, R. “Reflections on the Significance of Thresholds in Everyday Life”


St Augustine Papers 4 (2): 1-51 (2003) - Download PDF here

  • Kirchhoffer,D. “The Good, the Bad and Those Who Think They Are”
  • Hodgson, P.  “Galileo Rehabilitated”
  • Egan, A. “Job and Critique of Unjust Power: Ideologies of Power and the Power of Ideologies”


St Augustine Papers 5 (1): 1-75 (2004) - Download PDF here

  • Stegmann, F. “Economic Liberalism, Marxism and Critical Judgement”


St Augustine Papers 5 (2): 1-51 (2004) - Download PDF here

  • Bujo, B.  “How Concrete is an African Theology Today?”
  • Moss, R. “The value of Scriptural and Historical evidence in the Debate within the Roman Catholic Church concerning the ordination of women”
  • Van Oort, J.  “Augustine and Manichaeism in Roman North Africa”


St Augustine Papers 6 (1): 1-70 (2005) - Download PDF here

  • Williams, O.  “The UN Global Compact:  The Challenge and the Promise”
  • Smurthwaite, M.  “Governance and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Mofuoa, K.  “The Legal Protection of Whistleblowers in South Africa:  Issues and Prospects”


St Augustine Papers 6 (2): 1-123 (2005) - Download PDF here

Conference Proceedings: Ut Unum Sint

  • Botha, B.  “Ut Unum Sint”
  • Buchanan, D. “Ut Unum Sint - An Anglican Perspective and Response”
  • Cragg, D. “Ut Unam Sint – A Methodist Reflects”
  • Le Bruyns, C.  “Ut Unam Sint – An Evangelical Perspective”
  • Maimela, S. “Demoninationalism – A Moral Defeat of Ut Unum Sint?”
  • Moss, R.  “The First Thousand Years:  A Contemporary Model for Papal Primacy”
  • Parry, E.  “Papal Ministry for Sale/To Let:  Ten years after Ut Unum Sint”
  • Parginos, P.  “Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue”
  • Rakoczy, S. “Ut Unum Sint:  A Theological and Ecumenical Orientation”


St Augustine Papers 7 (1/2): 1-116 (2006) - Download PDF here

  • Mbiti, J. “Aspects of African Heritage and Spirituality”
  • Kasambala, A. “African Spirituality and Pastoral theology”
  • Huls, J. “Mystagogy in Primordial Spirituality as perspective for African Spiritualities”
  • Waaijman, K.  “Primordial Spirituality”
  • Motshekga, M. “African Spirituality and the Regeneration of Africa”
  • Masango, M.   African Spirituality that Shapes the Concept of Ubuntu”


St Augustine Papers 8 (1/2): 1-75 (2007) - Download PDF here

  • Likupe, R. “African Catholic Theology:  A functional theology in service of the Church and society”
  • Smurthwaite, M.  “Is it possible to live the moral life within capitalism?”
  • Stegmann, F. “From ‘Cost Factor’ to ‘Co-Entrepreneur’”


St Augustine Papers 9 (1): 1-97 (2008) - Download PDF here

  • Van Heerden, M. “Pragmatism and Faith”
  • Schneiders, S.  “Religion versus Spirituality”
  • Smurthwaite, M. “The Purpose of the Corporation”


St Augustine Papers 9 (2): 1-175 (2008) - Download PDF here

  • Morrisey, F.  “The Formal Marriage Nullity Trial in the light of Dignitas Connubii”
  • Moss, R. “Saving us from Ourselves – The Rights of Bishops and Priests in Conflict Situations”
  • de Mûelenaere, M. “Bankruptcy Alarm:  Canonical measures to Prevent the Unthinkable in a Diocese”
  • Stokes, C. “Canonical Implications of the Response of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa to the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Church Workers”
  • de Mûelenaere, M. “The Importance of Canonical Regulations for the Catholic Church in Southern Africa”


St Augustine Papers 10 (1): 1-67 (2009) - Download PDF here

  • Raidt, E. “Catholic Universities in Africa”
  • Van Heerden, M   “A Vision for Higher Education”
  • Van Heerden, M “Supporting the Research Initiatives of Institutions of Higher Learning:  National Research Funding and Non-Professorit Private Institutions of Higher Education”
  • Lutz, D.  “Leadership and Management within the Catholic Tradition”


St Augustine Papers 10 (2): 1-127 (2009) - Download PDF here

  • Raidt, E. “Sankofa – Learning from the past to build the future: St Augustine College of South Africa: the past and the future"
  • Van Heerden, M   “Three Sophists – what a university must not be”
  • Makgoba, M.W. “Knowledge/Research: Opportunities for South African Universities in the context of globalisation in transition”
  • Moss, Rodney L. Theology and the Academy: Mutual Enrichment?”
  • Greaves, D. “The idea of a university in a networked world”
  • Nxumalo, J. “A Catholic Institute of Higher Education in the South African Social Context”
  • Simkins, C.  “The University as Human Capital Factory: Teaching and Research from an Economic point of View”
  • De Kadt, R. “Universities in the 21st Century: Challenges of South Africa”
  • Habib, A. “Responding to President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address: Reflections on the Challenges confronting Higher Education”


St Augustine Papers 11 (1/2): 1-210 (2010) - Download PDF here

  • Simkins, C.  “International financial and economic architecture:  Is it fit for purpose?
  • de Kadt, R.  “Global political power transitions:  States, regimes and regions in the post cold war era
  • Winterberg, J.  “The relevance of social market economics in the current global situation”
  • Moss, R.  “Ethics and the Economy:  A critique from the perspective of Catholic social       thought:   New directions in economics and ethics:  toward a new world order”
  • Landau, L and Misago, J.  “Malthusian misery or the promised land?  Reflections on mobility, violence and Africa’s urban future”
  • Rowe, N.  “Positive and normative aspects of economics in basic education:  An investigation into the economics and management sciences curriculum in South Africa”
  • Smurthwaite, M.  “Ethical challenges of the current economic system:  the common good:  access to global forums, distributive justice, management of the global commons and climate”
  • Boulle, L. “New directions in economics and ethics – towards a new world order:  New Directions in global financial regulation and governance”
  • Walmsley, G. “New directions in economics and ethics:  Towards a systematic relationship”


St Augustine Papers 12 (1): 1-68 (2011) - Download PDF here

  • Lawrenson, T. “Can the Dignity of the Human Person be a serious criterion in Economic Life?"
  • Smurthwaite, M. "Ethics and Sustainability: taking Corporate Social Responsibility further"
  • Hudson, J. "Dimensions and Drivers of Business Giving in South Africa"
  • McGovern, M. & Van Heerden, M. "Meaning of Mission"


St Augustine Papers 12 (2): 1-99 (2011) - Download PDF here

  • Tlhagale, B. “An African Perspective”.
  • Magesa, L. “Faith in the Face of Secularism – The Resilience of a Besieged Spirituality: African Religion in an Age of Secularisation.”
  • Egan, A. ”Moral Theological approaches to Religious Engagement with the public square in the light of secularisation”.
  • Smurthwaite, M. “Patience and its implications for ethical leadership of organisations”.
  • Scholtz, F. Book Review: “Is this seat taken?”
  • Hadebe, N. Book Review: Tradition fixed and mobile – essays in honour of Rev Prof Rodney Moss.


St Augustine Papers 13 (1): 1-70 (2012) - Download PDF here

Stegmann, F.  

  • "Classical Economic Liberalism or Capitalism and Essentials of A Critical Assessment”
  • “The Social Question(s) of the 19th Century and the Encyclical “Rerum Novarum” (1891)”
  • "Karl Marix, Marxism and Essentials of a Critical Assessment"


St Augustine Papers 13 (2): 1-110 (2012) - Download PDF here

Stegmann, F.  

  • “Social Market Economy: A Good Chance or a Wrong Track?”
  • “Market Economy and Morality: Contradictory or Complimentary?”
  • “Worker Participation” in Economic Decision Making: The German Model of Co-   Determination and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • “From Cost-Factor to Co-Entrepreneur: Christian Social Teaching, Social Market Economy and the Changing Role of the Worker in Modern Economy”
  • “The Current World Economic Crisis, Social Market Economy and Christian Social Teaching”


St Augustine Papers 14 (1): 1-49 (2013) - Download PDF here

  • McGurk, N & Lowry, D. “The Philosophy of the Catholic University in the Southern African Context”
  • Karecki, M. “The Role of Catholic Tertiary Education in South Africa Today”
  • Smurthwaite, M. “Anger and its Implications for Ethical Leadership in Organisations”
  • Murray, J. Book Review: Contrary Critical responses to the Novels of Andre Brink


St Augustine Papers 14 (2): 1-110 (2013) - Download PDF here

  • Haldane, J. "Understanding the Human: The Necessity of Philosophy for Education and Research"
  • Smurthwaite, M. "Applied Ethics, Interdisciplinarity and Education in an African Context"
  • Ugwuanyi, L. "Towards an Educational Philosophy for the Human Sciences in Africa"
  • Schmidt, J.M. & da Rocha Kustner, C. "Whose Voice is Talking? Literary Narratives as a Tool for Transformative Pedagogy around HIV/AIDS and Gender Perceptions"
  • Glencross, M.  "Towards a Philosophy of Mathematical Literacy"
  • Duncan, G. Book Review: South Africa Mali Timbuktu Manuscript Project


St Augustine Papers 15 (1): 1-109 (2014) - Download PDF here

  • Schepers, M. "Promotion of Intellectual Conversion: The Basic Project in Tertiary Education"
  • Shutte, A. "Evolution and Emergency: A Paradigm Shift for Theology"
  • Giddy, P. "Recapturing the Unlimited Term of Human Willing"
  • Whelan, G. "Evangelii Gaudium as 'Contextual Theology': Helping the Church 'Rise to the Level of its Times'"
  • Jans, J. Book Review: Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table
  • Giddy, P. Book Review: The Preferential Option for the Poor


St Augustine Papers 15 (2): 1-86 (2014) - Download PDF here

  • Lawrenson, D. "The Relevance of Julian of Norwich for Spiritual Direction"    
  • van Staden, E. "Contemplation, the Acme of Spirituality, in the Thought of Thomas Merton"
  • Joubert, L. "St Irenaeus and the Concept of Human Flourishing"
  • Coyle, J. Book Review: Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love (2014) by E.A. Johnson
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: No Irrelevant Jesus: On Jesus and the Church Today (2014) by G. Lohfink


St Augustine Papers 16 (1/2): 1-128 (2015) - Download PDF here

  • Faller, P. "Is Meditation a Thing for Children?"
  • Blackie, M.A.L. "Mysticism and Spiritual Formation: Developing a Simple Model of Spiritual Development"
  • Martin, M.L. "Medical Science and Spirituality in Dialogue"
  • Evans, J. "Pope Francis and the Creation of Evangelii Gaudium"
  • Thönissen, C. "Holiness Integrated into the field of Spirituality"
  • Juma, M. Book Review: Democracy: More than Just Elections (2015) by B. Bam
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: Keeping Body and Soul Together (2015) by B. Haddad
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: What’s divine about Divine Law? (2015) by C. Hayes


St Augustine Papers 17 (1/2): 1-142 (2016) - Download PDF here

  • Whelan, G. "The Human Person: Cause or Solution to the Ecological Crisis?"
  • Rakoczy, S. "Dorothy Stang: Ecological Prophet and Martyr"
  • Smurthwaite, M. "Laudato Si’: An Ethical Reflection"
  • Tlhagale, B. "Discrimination Rooted in Culture: The Basis of Violence against Women"
  • Ndlovu, L.M. "Book of Ruth: Liberation in Action?"
  • Vengere, T.M. Book Review: Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change (2016) by M.S. Reed & L.C. Stringer
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersection of Race, Class and Gender (2016) by P. Godfrey & D. Torres
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: The Creator’s Symphony: African Christianity, the Plight of the Earth and the Poor (2015) by K.J. Kaoma


St Augustine Papers 18 (1/2): 1-172 (2017) - Download PDF here

  • Graham , T. “Historical and Contemporary Debates in Knowledge Production: Considerations for the Intellectual Role”
  • Moore. G.A. “What are the challenges and opportunities for the UN-mandated fact-finding mission to Myanmar?
  • Wardle, W.J. “Peace and Non-Violent Conflict Transformation as a Way of Life: Focusing on Gulalai Ismail of Pakistan as a Case Study
  • Pasques, H. “The South African War (1889-1902) and Post-War Afrikaner Identity:  An Impact of Violence on the Construction of Ethnic-Social Identity
  • Matikiti, R. “John Calvin and Politics: Did Calvinist Churches Approve of the Coup d’État in Zimbabwe?
  • Wielenga, C. Book Review: Apology and Reconciliation in International Relations: The Importance of Being Sorry (2016) by C. Daase, S. Engert et al. (eds.)
  • Cupido, E. Book Review: What if There Were No Whites in South Africa? (2015) by F. Haffaje
  • Smurthwaite, M.E. Book Review: Globalization and Sustainable Development: A Business Perspective (2016) by M. Oyevaar, D.  Vázques-Brust et al.
  • Tiernan, B.R. Book Review: Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia & Zimbabwe, 1976-1988 (2017) by T. Roger
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: Bible and Theology from the Underside of Empire (2016) by V. Vellem, P. Sheerattan-Bisnauth et al.
  • Irvine, D. “Citation of Br Jude Pieterse and Mr Paddy Kearney” (Other Voices section)


St Augustine Papers 19 (1/2): 1-142 (2018) - Download PDF here

  • Badenhorst, M. “The Lost Motherhood of God: St Hildegard of Bingen, Martin Luther and Us”
  • de Mûelenaere, M. “Canon Law, a Work in Progress: Ladislas Örsy’s Art of Practicing Canon Law”
  • Duncan, G.A. “The Semper Reformanda Principle under Scrutiny in a South African Context”
  • Vellem, V.S. “Iimanyano Singing Siyakudumisa: Ambivalent Worship and the Reformed Tradition in South Africa”
  • Beagle, S. “Schaap’s Reconciliation as Ideology and Politics: Assessing South Africa’s TRC”
  • Oliver, F. Book Review: Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation: The Politics behind #MustFall Movements (2018) by R. Chikane
  • Khorommbi, T.M. Book Review: Some of my Best Friends are White: Subversive Thoughts from an Urban Zulu Warrior (2017) by N. Ngcobo
  • Duncan, G.A. Pharaohs on Both Sides of the Blood-Red Waters: Prophetic Critique on Empire: Resistance, Justice, and the Power of the Hopeful Sizwe – A Transatlantic Conversation (2017) by A.A. Boesak
  • Duncan, G.A. Book Review: The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III (2016) by A.E. Orobator, A.E. (ed.)
  • Urbaniak, J. Book Review: The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology (2012) by D.N. Hopkins & E.P. Antonio (eds.)
  • Chambers, A. “The Feast” (Other Voices section)