Research Institute for Theology and Religion

Prof CW du Toit

College of Human Sciences
Research Institute for Theology and Religion
Head
Tel: 012 429 4369
Fax: 012 429 2838
E-mail: dtoitcw@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • DD Theology and Christian Ethics (UP, 1984)

NRF Rating

C1

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Cognitive and neuro-science
  • Consciousness studies

Field of Specialisation

  • Science and Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • African philosophy

Books

EDITOR OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS IN THE FRD-SERIES

(FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE)

  • Du Toit, C W 1994. Sociopolitical changes and the challenge to Christianity in South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. Spirituality in religions. Profiles & perspectives. Pretoria: Roux.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. New modes of thinking on the eve of a new century. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. Empowering the poor. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W & Krüger J S 1998. Multireligious education in South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W, 1998. Confession and reconciliation. A challenge to the churches in South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1999. Hearing the AIC voice. African indigenous churches and their place in a new South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2000. Truth, violence and prophetic silence. Religion and the quest for a South African common good. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. Research, identity and rationalism. Thinking about Theological research in Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW & Lubbe, GJA 2002. After September 11: globalisation, war and peace. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW & Mason C P 2006. Secular spirituality as a contextual critique of religion. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  • Du Toit, CW 2008. The legacy of Steven Bantu Biko: theological challenges. Pretoria, Unisa Press.
  • Du Toit, CW 2010. Power sharing and African democracy: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Pretoria, RITR.

AUTHOR OF THE FOLLOWING MONOGRAPHS

  • Du Toit, CW 2009. African challenges: Changing Identities. RITR, Pretoria.260 pages.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. Viewed from the shoulders of God: themes in science and theology. Pretoria: Unisa Press. 381 pages.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. Seasons in theology. Inroads of postmodernism, reference and representation. Pretoria: Unisa Press. 260 pages.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

(Some of these contributions were published with minor changes in theological journals)

  • Du Toit C W 1989. Etiese dimensies van Romeine 12-16 (Ethical dimensions of Romans 12-16), 120-136, in Vorster, WS & Engelbrecht, A.S. Uit genade alleen? Opstelle oor Romeine, (By faith alone. Essays on Romans), Pretoria, University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1990. 'n Teologiese perspektief op lyding (A theological perspective on suffering), 1-10, in Vos, C & Müller, J. God in ons lyding (God in our suffering), Pretoria, Orion.
  • Du Toit, C W 1991. Skrifgesag en Praktyk (The authority and use of Scripture), 39-54, in Swanepoel, F (ed) Skrifgesag en Skrifgebruik, Pretoria, University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1994. A theological response to new cosmology: the Christian faith in the light of new ideas on the origin of the universe, 13-30, in Du Toit, C W Theology and the new physics. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1994. Common ground in the science-theology relationship, 1-17, in Du Toit, CW The action of God in the world. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion.
  • Du Toit, C W 1995. Die hermeneutiek van Paul Ricoeur (The hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur), 35-49, in Vos C J A, Die blye tyding (The good news), Pretoria, HSRC, 35-42.
  • Du Toit, C W 1995. Blessed are the powerful: Christian righteousness and the redistribution of power, 231-243, in De Gruchy, J W & Martin, S Religion and the reconstruction of civil society. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1995. Kontoere van ‘n teologie van mag (Contours of a theology of power), 17-35, in Botha, P & Scheffler, E Eksperimentele teologie. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. The contribution of Arthur Peacocke to the science-theology debate, 84-101, in Du Toit, C W Nature, God and humanity. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. The poverty of Western religious experience and the contact with African spirituality, 83-108, in Du Toit, C W Spirituality in religions. Profiles & perspectives. Pretoria: Roux.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. The end of truth? 28-48, in Du Toit, C W New modes of thinking on the eve of a new century. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. Empowerment of the poor: changing our minds on affluence and poverty, 10-36, in Du Toit, C W Empowering the poor. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. Dealing with the past, 118-130, in Botman, R H & Peterson, M To remember and to heal. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau.
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. African Hermeneutics, 373-398, in König, A & Maimela, S Initiation into theology. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Du Toit, C W 1998. African rationality: analysis, critique and prospects, 10-32, in Du Toit, C W Faith, science and African culture. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion.
  • Du Toit, C W 1998. Sharing values: the place and function of values in multireligious education, 51-77, in Du Toit, C W & Krüger, J S Multireligious education in South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1998. Interpreting the Open Letter and other submissions to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 47-51, in Du Toit, C W Confession and reconciliation: a challenge to the churches in South Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, C W 1999. The possibility of a moral interpretation of the universe: examples from the Bible and new cosmology, 48-71, in Du Toit, CW Reading the universe through science, religion and ethics. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2000. Roots of violence: is a common good possible in South Africa?15-41, in Du Toit, C W Truth, violence and prophetic silence. Religion and the quest for a South African common good. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2000. Natural selection as a link between religion and knowledge, 1-24, in Du Toit, CW Evolution and creativity. A new dialogue between faith and knowledge. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2000. Issues in the reconstruction of African Theology: African hermeneutics as a key to understanding the dynamics of African Theology 37-64, in Joanne Marie Greer & David O Moberg (eds) Research in the social scientific study of religion (11). Stamford, CON: JAI Press.
  • Du Toit, CW 2000. The quest for African identity and the concept of nation-building as motives in the reconstruction of South African society, 1-30, in TG Walsh & F Kaufmann (eds), Religion and social transformation in Southern Africa, St Paul, MIN: Paragon.
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. The metaphysical mind in its physical environment: religious implications of neuroscience, 1-28, in Du Toit CW Brain, mind and soul. Unifying the human self . Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. The quest for commonalities in rationality and research. Cognitive science and the embodiment of African rationality, 1-27, in Du Toit, CW Research, identity and rationalism. Thinking about theological research in Africa. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. An African response to our livelihood and the environment, 21-38, in Life and the environment. Our livelihood and the environment, Tokyo: Yoko Civilization Research Institute.
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. Rethinking globalism after September 11: paradoxes in the evolution of globalisation, 67-90, in Du Toit, CW & Lubbe, GJA 2002. After September 11: globalisation, war and peace. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2003. Interpreting nature naturalistically without dismissing God. A critical look at alternative models, 1-24, in Du Toit, CW 2003. Design, information and complexity in creation. Pretoria: University of South Africa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2003. African Ubuntu and the renewal of human relationships, 45-76. In Life and the environment, proceedings vol. 4, Third Yoko Civilization international conference. Tokyo: Yoko Civilization Research Institute.
  • Du Toit, CW 2004. Technoscience and the integrity of personhood in Africa and in the West: Facing our technoscientific environment, 1-46, in The integrity of the human person in an African context. Pretoria: Unisa
  • Du Toit, CW 2006. Tout est bien? Natural and supernatural causes of evil: perspectives from Hume’s Treatise and Voltaire’s Candide, 71-106, in Du Toit, CW, Secular spirituality as a contextual critique of religion. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  • Du Toit, CW 2006. Secular spirituality versus secular dualism: towards postsecular holism as model for a natural theology, 49-73, in Du Toit, CW, Secular spirituality as a contextual critique of religion. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. The restoration of subjectivity in science, rationality and knowledge systems as precondition for scientific integrity, in Du Toit CW (ed.) The impact of knowledge systems on human development. Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. "Limitations of the Concept 'Law of Nature' as a Source in Science, Philosophy, Theology and Law" in Drees, Willem B.; Meisinger, Hubert & Smedes, Taede A., Humanity, the World and God: Understandings and Actions (Studies in Science and Theology, Volume 11, (2007-2008), Lund: ESSSAT, 175-190.)
  • Du Toit, CW 2008. Biko as an African Bonhoeffer? Continued challenges to liberation, in Du Toit (ed) 2008. The legacy of Steven Bantu Biko: theological challenges. Pretoria, RITR, Unisa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2009. Is religion grounded in evolution? A critical look at some models, in Du Toit, Cornel W The evolutionary roots of religion: Cultivate, mutate or eliminate? 1-33. Pretoria, RITR, Unisa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2009. Towards a new natural theology based on horizontal transcendence, in Du Toit (ed) Towards a new natural theology, RITR, Unisa.Du Toit, CW 2010. Perspectives on an ethics of power sharing in Africa, in Du Toit (ed) Power sharing and African democracy. Interdisciplinary perspectives, 45-69. RITR, Unisa.
  • Du Toit, CW 2010. Shifting frontiers of transcendence: Immanent transcendence in the 21st century, in Du Toit (ed), Homo transcendentalis? Transcendence in science and religion: Interdisciplinary perspectives, 1-22.
  • Du Toit, CW 2010. Self-transcendence and eros. The human condition between want and desire, in Du Toit (ed), Homo transcendentalis? Transcendence in science and religion: Interdisciplinary perspectives, 77-102.
  • Du Toit, CW 2010. Immanent transcendent angles on a post-reformation theology, in Du Toit (ed), Homo transcendentalis? Transcendence in science and religion: Interdisciplinary perspectives129-150.
  • Du Toit, CW 2012. A scientific defence of relioion and the religious caccommodation of science? Contextual challengers and paradoxes, in Knowing, believing, living in Africa. Perspectives from science and religion, 1-19, Pretoria, RITR.
  • Du Toit, CW 2012. Keys to life: Developments from Schrödinger to Kauffman, in Knowing, believing, living in Africa. Perspectives from science and religion, 155-170, Pretoria, RITR.
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Cul-de-sac of causal thinking: challenge to build a non-causal theology, in Chance, causality, emergence. Interdisciplinary perspectives, Pretoria, RITR.
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Emergence, human freedom and the freedom of natural processes: On Omnicausality, A-Causality and God’s Omnipotence, in Chance, causality, emergence. Interdisciplinary perspectives, Pretoria, RITR.

Journal articles

  • Du Toit, C W 1987. Teks, verwysing, waarheid. Die relevansie van die verwysingskwessie vir die besinning oor die epistemologiese aard van die dogmatiek (Text, reference, truth. The relevance of the issue of reference for reconsidering the epistemic nature of systematic theology), 154-169, Skrif en Kerk, 8(2).
  • Du Toit, C W 1988. Aspekte van die postmodernistiese idioom in die teologie (Some aspects of the postmodern idiom in theology), in Theologia Evangelica, xx1/3, 36-50.
  • Du Toit, C W 1989. 'n Benaderingstrategie betreffende ideologiekritiek teen die agtergrond van die Suid-Afrikaanse situasie (A strategic approach to ideological critique in the South African context), 32-49, Scriptura, 31.
  • Du Toit, C W 1990. Open vs particular culture-biased Christianity, 169-182, AFER, 32(3).
  • Du Toit, C W 1990. Medies-etiese implikasies van die hedendaagse liggaamsiening as uitdaging vir die Christelike etiek (Medical ethics as a challenge to Christian ethics regarding the current view of the body), Theologia Evangelica, XXIII(1), 11-20.
  • Du Toit, C W 1990. Tussen ideologie en utopie (Between ideology and utopia), 215-130, Journal for General Literary Studies, 6(3).
  • Du Toit, C W 1991. Christianity against cultural domination and cultural plurality, Scriptura, 38.
  • Du Toit, C W 1992. What is theology? in Theologia Viatorum 21(2).
  • Du Toit, C W 1994. A theological response to new cosmology: the Christian faith in the light of new ideas on the origin of the universe, 1-15, Ecclesiasticos Pharos 76(1).
  • Du Toit, C W 1995. Common ground in the science-theology relationship. Journal of Theology for South Africa, Vol 92, Sep 1995, p. 33-45.
  • Du Toit, C W 1995. Some remarks in the dialogue on the future of theological education in South Africa, Religion & Theology 1(2).
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. Kerk, kuisheid en postmodernisme (Church, chastity and post-modernism), 69-79, Praktiese Teologie in Suid-Afrika 11(2).
  • Du Toit, C W 1996. Research and truth? Adjustments in systematic theology in the light of changing contexts, 363-382, Scriptura 59(4).
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. The dominant world-views of science and technology: responses from Christianity, 151-165. Scriptura 61(2).
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. Empowerment of the poor: changing our minds on affluence and poverty, 285-307. Missionalia 25(3).
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. The fictional transfiguration of Jesus: images of Jesus in literature, 815-839. Hervormde Teologiese Studies 53(3).
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. The end of truth? Hervormde Teologiese Studies 54(4) 939-955.
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. The contribution of Arthur Peacocke to the science-theology debate, 67-85. Skrif en Kerk 18(1).
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. Fin de siècle and the development of a post-secular religion. Religion and Theology 4(1), 2-20.
  • Du Toit, C W 1997. The quest for African identity and the concept of nation-building as motives in the reconstruction of South African society,120-140. Dialogue & Alliance 11(1).
  • Du Toit, C W 1998. African spirituality and the poverty of Western religious experience, 36-60. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 100, March.
  • Du Toit, C W 1998. Issues in the reconstruction of African Theology. African hermeneutics as a key to understanding the dynamics of African theology, 363-385. Scriptura 67.
  • Du Toit, CW 2000. Evolutionary biology as a link between religion and knowledge, 506-526. HTS, 56 (2&3).
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. The place of values in the science-religion dialogue: biology, human nature and the cultural environment. JTSA, July 113, 75-96.
  • Du Toit, CW 2002. The metaphysical mind in its physical environment: religious implications of neuroscience. HTS, 58 (3), 1011-1031.
  • Du Toit, CW 2003. Technology with a human face: African and Western profiles, South African Journal of Philosophy, 22/2, 173-183.
  • Du Toit, CW 2003. Toeriste met oop visums: reiservaringe in ‘n globale kultuur (Tourists with open visas: travel experiences in a global culture). Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 43/1&2, 13-21.
  • Du Toit, CW 2003. Rethinking globalism after September 11: paradoxes in the evolution of globalisation, in Scriptura, Vol 84/3, 368-380.
  • Du Toit, C W 2004. Design, designers and the designing God. A critical look at some models. HTS 60(4), 1287-1306.
  • Du Toit, C W 2004. Diversity in a multicultural and polyethnic world: challenges and responses, in Verbum et Ecclesia 25(2), 442-459.
  • Du Toit, CW 2005. The environmental integrity of African indigenous knowledge systems: probing the roots of African rationality. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 4/1, 55-73.
  • Du Toit, C W 2005. The dependence of indigenous knowledge systems on embodied African rationality, in Scriptura, 88(1), 52-63.
  • Du Toit, C W 2005. Etsi deus non daretur? Meta Christian values in a post democratic world, in JTSA, November 123, 61-73.
  • Du Toit, C W 2005. Implications of a technoscientific culture for personhood in Africa and in the West, in HTS 61(3).
  • Du Toit, C W 2005. Wisdom lost and regained? The possibility of reintegrating a fractured techno scientific culture, in Religion and Theology, 12/2, 129-144.
  • Du Toit, CW 2005. The quest for commonalities in rationality and research. Cognitive science and the embodiment of African rationality. Scriptura, 88/1.
  • Du Toit, CW 2006. Global partners for local initiatives: Nepad in The Era of Globalisation, in Scriptura, 91, 43-64.
  • Du Toit, CW 2006. Religious freedom and human rights in South Africa after 1996: responses and challenges. BYU Law Review, 2006(3), 677-698.
  • Du Toit, CW 2006. Secular spirituality versus secular dualism: towards postsecular holism as a model for a natural theology. HTS 62/4, 1251-1286.
  • Du Toit, CW 2006. Tout est bien? Natural and supernatural causes of evil. Perspectives from Hume’s treatise and Voltaire’s Candide. Scriptura, 93/3, 315-329.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. Some Barthian perspectives on the present science-religion debate: what is the place of 'natural theology' today? in HTS 63/4, 1447-1471.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. The restoration of subjectivity in science, rationality and knowledge systems as a precondition for scientific integrity. JIRRS, 1/1 (Journal for Interdisciplinary research in Religion and Science – European electronic journal)
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. Mapping cultural and natural landscapes: metaphors in mapping human nature. European Journal of Science and Theology, 3/1, 51-62.
  • Du Toit, CW 2007. Thinking rationally about God: what Aquinas’s and Scotus’s doctrines of God mean today, from the perspectives of Richard Cross and Rudi te Velde, in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Vol. XXXIII/2, 361-397.
  • Du Toit, CW 2008. Black Consciousness as an expression of radical responsibility: Biko an African Bonhoeffer, in Religion and Theology (2008), 15, 28-52.
  • Du Toit, CW 2009. Is religion grounded in evolution? A critical look at some models European Journal of Science and Theology, September 2009, Vol.5, No.3, 13-35.
  • Du Toit, CW 2009. Towards a new natural theology based on horizontal transcendence, HTS, 65/1, 1-8.
  • Du Toit, CW 2009. An immanent approach to death: theological implications of a secular view, HTS, 65/3
  • Du Toit, CW 2010. Fair elections and an ethics of power sharing in Africa, Politeia, 29/1, 78-100.
  • Du Toit, CW 2010. Immanent transcendent angles on a Post-Reformation theology, in R&T, 17/3&4, 402-424.
  • Du Toit, CW 2011. Horseshoes, angels and other UFOs: rethinking faith in light of present-day superstitions, Verbum et Ecclesia32(1), Art. #488, 9 pages. Doi: 10.4102/ve.v32i1.488. Published 8 September 2011
  • Du Toit, CW 2011. ‘Selftranscendence and Eros: The human condition between desire and the infinite’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(3), Art. #944, 12 pages. doi:10.4102/hts.v67i3.944
  • Du Toit, CW 2011. Shifting frontiers of transcendence in theology, philosophy and science, HTS, 67/1, Art #879, 10 pages. (Festschrift for Andries van Aarde).
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Dynamically remembered present: virtual memory as a basis for the stories we live. HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 69(1), Art. #1937, 8 pages. http:// dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1937
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. ‘A scientific defence of religion and the religious accommodation of science? Contextual challenges and paradoxes’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 69(1), Art. #1293, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1293.
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Keys to life: developments from Schrödinger to Kauffman and Ward. European Journal of Science & Theology, Vol 9 no 3, 105-119.
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Cul-de-sac of causal thinking: The challenge of a non-causal theology, SHE, XXXIX/1 May 2013, 275-293.
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Human freedom and the freedom of natural processes: on omnicausality, a-causality and god’s omnipotence, R&T 20 (2013), 36-59.
  • Du Toit, CW 2013. Mistieke elemente in Dante se Divina Commedia, met verwysing na die Inferno, in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXIX(2), December 2013.
  • Du Toit, CW 2014. Life in our hands? Some ethical perspectives on the human genome, and human genome diversity projects, Verbum et Ecclesia 35(1), Art. #812, 10 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i1.812
  • Du Toit, CW 2014. Emotion and the affective turn: towards an integration of cognition and affect in real life experience. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2692, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ hts.v70i1.2692
  • Du Toit, CW 2014. The Higgs boson, creation and ‘truth’: in search of a common understanding. Religion & Theology 21 (2014) 380–400.
  • Du Toit, CW 2015. The rise of China and the time of Africa: Gauging Afro-Sino relations in the light of Confucian philosophy and African ideals. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art. #2864, 10 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2864HTS .
  • Du Toit, CW & Conradie, E 2015. Knowledge, Values and Beliefs in the South African Context since 1948: A Typology, in Zygon 50/2, 455-479. Doi/10.1111/zygo.12167
  • Du Toit, CW 2015. Pursuing an understanding of animal consciousness. Implications for animal morality and a creaturely theology, in Verbum et Ecclesia

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Received in 2007 the Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu award for best published theological article "Secular spirituality versus secular dualism: towards postsecular holism as a model for a natural theology", published in HTS 2006/62(4), 1251-1286.
  • Received October 2008 Unisa’s Chancellor’s prize for research.
  • NRF - rating: Rated since 2008. Since 2014 rated as C1.
  • Co-editor of the European Journal of Science and Theology, since 2007
  • Appoint as research professor at Unisa: 2011-2013.
  • A Festschrift in honour of my work has been published as a supplement of the journal Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae (SHE), Volume XXXIX, 2013.

Projects

  • South African Science and Religion Forum
  • Forum for Religious Dialogue (FRD)