Research Institute for Theology and Religion

Prof W Bentley

College of Human Sciences
Research Institute for Theology and Religion
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 4026
E-mail: bentlw1@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BA Hons. Psychology (UNISA, 2012)
  • PhD Dogmatics and Ethics (UP, 2007)
  • MA Dogmatics and Ethics (UP, 2004)
  • BA Hons. Dogmatics and Ethics (UP, 2000)
  • BTh (UNISA, 1999)

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Emergence theory
  • Doctrine of God
  • Democracy and Religion

Field of Specialisation

  • Science and Religion
  • Church and State
  • Methodist Theology

Books

Books edited:

  • Bentley, W. and Forster, D.A. (eds.). 2008. Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan mission. Johannesburg: AcadSA Publishing.
  • Bentley, W. and Forster, D.A. (eds.). 2008. What are we thinking? Reflections on church and society from Southern African Methodists. Cape Town: Methodist publishing house.
  • Bentley, W., Kretzschmar, L, and Van Niekerk, A. (eds.). 2009. What is a good life? An introduction to Christian Ethics in 21st century Africa. Johannesburg: AcadSA Publishing.
  • Ally, M., Bentley, W., Cloete, M., Kretzschmar, L., et.al. (eds.). 2010. Theoretical and applied ethics: Only study guide for PLS3701. Pretoria: UNISA Press.
  • Bentley, W. and Forster, D.A. (eds.) 2012. Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church-State relationships. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion.

Book chapters:

  • Bentley, W. 2008. A theology of mission: God-talk and the role of the church. In Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan mission. Edited by W. Bentley and D.A. Forster. Johannesburg: AcadSA Publishing. p. 156-165.
  • Bentley, W. 2008. Whose truth will set us free? In What are we thinking? Reflections on church and society from Southern African Methodists. Edited by W. Bentley and D.A. Forster. Cape Town: Methodist publishing house. p. 1-17
  • Bentley, W. 2009. Hearing the voice of God. In Disciplines. Nashville: Upper Room Ministries. p. 275-282.
  • Bentley, W. 2009. Ethics and Land. In What is a good life? An introduction to Christian Ethics in 21st century Africa. Edited by L. Kretzschmar, W. Bentley and A. van Niekerk. Johannesburg: AcadSA Publishing. p. 221-242.
  • Bentley, W. 2012. The place of the Church in the new South Africa. In Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church-State relationships. Edited by W. Bentley and D.A. Forster. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion. p. 89-103.
  • Bentley, W. 2012. The problem of reality in the religion-science conversation: An African contribution. In Knowing, Believing, Living in Africa: Perspectives from Science and Religion. Edited by C.W. Du Toit. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion. p. 21-34.
  • Bentley, W. 2013. Emergence as a challenge to the legacy of Christian dogmatics. In Chance, causality, emergence: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Edited by Cornel W. du Toit. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion. p. 161-173.
  • Bentley, W. 2014. Ministry as bridge building: Facilitating culturally diverse faith communities in South Africa. In Churches, Blackness and Contested multiculturalism: Europe, Africa and North Africa. Edited by R. Drew Smith, William Ackah and Anthony G. Reddy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p.145-157.

Journal articles

  • Bentley, W. 2005. The Kingdom of God in Moltmann's eschatology. Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, September 2005, Vol. 3&4, p.326-335. [http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/5365]
  • Bentley, W. 2007. Barth’s definition of church in politics and culture: Growth points for the church in South Africa. Hervormde Teologiese Studies. Volume 63(4). p. 1643-1661. [http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/263]
  • Bentley, W. 2009. Karl Barth’s understanding of mission: The church in relationship. Verbum et Ecclesia. Volume 30(1). p. 25-50. [http://www.ve.org.za/index.php/VE/article/view/62]
  • Bentley, W. 2009. Calvin and the Holy Spirit as fons vitae. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae. Volume 35(2). p. 77-85. [http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/4564]
  • Bentley, W. 2010. The formation of Christian leaders: A Wesleyan approach. Koers. Volume 75(3). p. 551-566. [http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/5370]
  • Bentley, W. 2010. The reconciliatory nature of Holy Communion in the Methodist tradition. Verbum et Ecclesia. Volume 32(2) [http://www.ve.org.za/index.php/VE/article/view/501]
  • Bentley, W. 2012. Is love enough? Towards a theology of nonviolence in South Africa. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. Volume 144 (November). p.53-68 [http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/8583]
  • Bentley, W. 2012. A decade of the same-sex debate in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (2001-2011) Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Volume 38 (Supplement). p.205-220. [http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/6681]
  • Bentley, W. 2013. Defining Christianity’s "prophetic witness" in the post-apartheid South African democracy. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae. Volume 39(1). p. 275-293. [http://hdl.handle.net/10500/9981]
  • Bentley, W. and Kretzschmar, L., 2013, ‘Applied Ethics and tertiary education in South Africa: Teaching Business Ethics at the University of South Africa’, Verbum et Ecclesia 34(1), Art. #804, 9 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/ve.v34i1.804
  • Bentley, W. 2013. The search for truth: In conversation with Cornel du Toit. Studia Historiae Eccelsisticae. Volume 39 (Supplement). p.55-70. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/11844
  • Bentley, W. 2014. Methodism and transformation in South Africa: 20 years of Constitutional democracy. Hervormde Teologiese Studies. Vol. 70(1). http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/2673/5397
  • Bentley, W. 2014. Structural transformation and democratic public spaces: Reflections on Habermas and the 2014 Tshwane State of the Capital City Address. Hervormde Teologiese Studies. Vol. 70(3) http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/2755

Projects

  • South African Science and Religion Forum
  • Forum for Religious Dialogue