Robert Falconer

Robert Falconer
South African Theological Seminary · Systematic Theology

NDipArch, BTechArch, BTh, MTh, PhD

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Introduction
Robert Falconer (PhD) holds degrees in architecture and theology. After having practiced architecture in Scotland and South Africa, he and his wife were called to Kenya as missionaries. He currently works at the South African Theological Seminary as the MTh and PhD Coordinator. His primary research interests are Architectonic Theology, African Philosophical-Theology, Architecture and Theology, Soteriology, and Eschatology.
Additional affiliations
January 2019 - November 2019
South African Theological Seminary
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
April 2010 - April 2013
South African Theological Seminary
Field of study
  • Systematic Theology
June 2008 - February 2010
South African Theological Seminary
Field of study
  • Biblical Studies (New Testament Greek)
January 2006 - December 2006
Nelson Mandela Municipality University
Field of study
  • Architectural Technology (Applied Design)

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This article contends that truth is trinitarian and that theology ought to treat epistemology existentially. To demonstrate this, a brief historical study is conducted on the development of the concept of truth and how different approaches revolve around the definitions of truth as ἀλήθεια, veritas, and ‫ת‬ ‫מֶ‬ ‫.אֱ‬ Even though these words transl...
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In this article, it is argued that magical realism, a contemporary literary genre, may be used to understand Jesus turning water into wine (John 2:1–11) and the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1–15) as a catalyst for interpreting John 6:26–58 as sacramental realism. I employ New Testament narrative criticism to highlight the rhetoric, setting,...
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Falconer RD 2021. The Incarnation as Divine Invasion into Public and Enchanted Violence. The South African Baptist Journal of Theology (Special Issue – Theology in Context) 30: 264–281. The public and enchanted realms are violent. Christ's incarnation is an exquisite event whereby He invades as incarnational light into the darkness, overpowering v...
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There has been much dispute about the millennial reign of Christ, yet Jesus spoke as if the kingdom of God was among his listeners and thus also among us, rather than in the distant future. If the kingdom reign of Christ is now in our world, what implications then should this have on missions? We examine the background and approach to missions in t...
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The ground-breaking Afrofuturist film Black Panther from Marvel Studios celebrates African culture. I propose that if the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an American media franchise, can decolonize superhero motion pictures, one might hope the same concerning Western theology, including the Kuyperian tradition, despite the prejudiced views on race by it...
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This paper argues for a 're-envisioneering' of Systematic Theology. Rather than systems, I propose applying architectural design principles to engage with categories of Systematic Theology and Biblical motifs. It is hoped that such a theology may respond creatively to the challenging public concerns and environs. The objective was to develop an Arc...
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This chapter presents an eschatological vision of Africa’s environmental renewal in the “new heavens and new earth,” or renewed creation, and how such an eschatology ought to inspire us to care for our environment, with a special focus on an African ecological ethic. The research offers an alternative to the popular Platonic-escapist eschatology th...
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The argument for the coexistence of gratuitous evil and the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is ardent amongst scholars. This article seeks to examine Bruce Little’s Creation Order theodicy and its claim that gratuitous evil exists concurrently with the sovereignty of God. Upon exploring prominent greater good theodicies and enumerating both thei...
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The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation occurred in 2017. That is the same year that a collaborative effort between Robert Kolb and Carl R Trueman was published by Baker. The title of the authors’ work is Between Wittenberg and Geneva. The subtitle provides a clearer indication of the publication’s focus, namely, Lutheran and Reformed t...
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This paper explores the benefits of liturgical ritual in Christian educational institutions. As evangelicals, we all too often neglect liturgy and ritual at the expense of what may well be a fruitful and liberating experience, especially for education. To begin, I argue, along with James K. A. Smith and Peter Leithart, that we are liturgical creatu...
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It is argued in this paper that the Holy Spirit is an agent of an inaugurated eschatology, the tight tension of the kingdom today and the kingdom to come. The Holy Spirit comes offering much more than the charismata, he comes as the eschatological Spirit bringing gifts of change and renewal for an eschatological reality (of which the charismata are...
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Testimony, scholarship, and pastoral-devotion form a triad to this journal article on stuttering and its relationship to the beauty of Christ, for the theologian who stutters. The paper begins with some of the personal struggles of stuttering highlighted in a personal testimony. Stuttering can be described as disfluency of speech, characterised by...
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This paper will present an eschatological vision of Africa's environmental renewal, in the "new heavens and new earth", or renewed creation, and how such an eschatology ought to inspire us to care for our environment, with special focus on an African ecological ethic. The research offers an alternative to the popular platonic-escapist eschatology t...
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This paper aims to demonstrate the relationship between Luther's atonement theology and the work of recent theologians who have in one way or another fostered and development his theology on the cross of Christ. I argue that Luther's theology has shaped much of recent atonement theology. His theology was grounded in the earlier theological traditio...
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Church architecture is commonly a tactile expression of theology, revealing to us who we are, what we believe and how we practise Christianity. While the content of the Gospel message is significantly more important than church architecture , we nevertheless ought to work towards an architecture that creatively and meaningfully expresses Biblical C...
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This presentation will explore the benefits of liturgical ritual in Christian education institutions. As evangelicals we all too often neglect liturgy and ritual to the detriment of what may well be a fruitful and liberating experience, especially in this case, education. To begin, I argue along with James K. A. Smith (2009: kindle) and Peter Leith...
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This paper intends to make a unique contribution in our interpretation of witchcraft in Africa by providing a socio-hermeneutic that is dramatic and meaningful. African theologians have sought to understand the ontology of witchcraft and its implications, as well as witchcraft accusations and possible solutions and remedies, which are all very impo...
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This paper intends to make a unique contribution in our interpretation of witchcraft in Africa by providing a socio-hermeneutic that is dramatic and meaningful. African theologians have sought to understand the ontology of witchcraft and its implications, as well as witchcraft accusations and possible solutions and remedies, which are all very impo...
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The present disposition of atonement theology has been turbulent in light of recent disputes and criticisms. This dissertation seeks to acknowledge two seemingly distinct atonement theories, the penal substitution and Christus Victor motifs, and then explore how they harmoniously complement one another as a synthesis. This atonement synthesis is th...
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John 10 is a difficult chapter when considering its chronological order and apparent displacements. Some critics have held that chapter 10 is disordered and therefore have argued for its rearrangement. This thesis is an analysis of the discourse features investigating the unity and argument of chapter 10. The research opens with exploring the histo...

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I am working on a book on the resurrection and the embodied afterlife. Can anyone point me to journal articles on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)?
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Could someone assist me with a clear simple definition of Thomistic Hylomorphism? And how is it different from Aristotelian hylomorphism?
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I am exploring themes in the Christian notion of the resurrection and the afterlife. Any thoughts on whether human souls are able to exist apart from thier bodies?
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I am working on a project on eschatology and time, I would be grateful if anyone could offer me book or paper recommendations on God and the Concept of Time.
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I know evangelicalism is perceived differently depending on regional location but I would be interested to know how others define evangelicalism.
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I obviously know the meaning of metaphysics, but could anyone assist me in understanding the meaning of hylemorphic metaphysics? Some examples would also be great.
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I am working on a paper "An African Apologetic for the Resurrection". Any help in directing me where I might find St. Augustine's references to Christ's resurrection would be appreciated. Thanks.

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This work brings multi-disciplinary perspectives within the continent on the important areas of apologetics research, education, and ministry. This edited work is written by scholar-practitioners, thereby linking the gap between education and practice. The work opens with an introduction that sets the task of apologetics in Africa within its proper context, surveying the key issues involved in apologetics ministry in the continent. Since the Bible is foundational for Christian life and ministry, the first section surveys the issues surrounding the Bible including its reliability and interpretation in light of African postcolonial and postliberal approaches; the case for the resurrection and apologetics in the New Testament and early church. The second part explores the philosophical issues including the interface between faith, philosophy and science, as well as the Trinitarian basis for ethics. The third section deals with cultural issues that ministry leaders, missionaries, and educators deal with including dowry practices, gender violence, eldership rites and the concept of God in African traditional religions. The fourth section deals with practical apologetics issues that people engage including new age movements in Africa, atheism, Christian-Muslim engagement, public issues in Africa and digital youth cultures, and their roles in apologetics. The aim is a biblically robust, contextually relevant, ministry-oriented, and accessible resource that can be beneficial to the life and ministry of African Christians. It is forthcoming by Langham Publishers in 2023.