Editorial

Religious and Theological Studies span a wide area of disciplines: Hebraic and Christian Thought, Hermeneutics, Comparative Religions, Cultural Interpretation; as well as Biblical, Systematic and Contemporary Theology.

ERATS Volume 1 Number 2, June 2019 is made up of twelve researched articles and a book review. Using philosophical principles, Amarkwei assesses the existential situation of the African youth; and proposes the ‘divine evolutionary education theory’ to guide youth education policies and approaches in Africa. Olusanya delves into the preaching situation in the 21st century Africa, influenced by urbanization, globalization and postmodernism; he draws implications of these for preachers in the African context. Appiah-Kubi contributes to the discussion of the Magisterium the official teaching of the authority of the Bishop – through his analysis of the different levels of teaching authority in the Catholic Church. Cremation has raised theological questions about the Christian doctrine of Resurrection of the body. Amevenku’s paper provides some answers from a theological perspective. Using the Northern Outreach Programme of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana as an example, Ziame demonstrates how missions could be carried out among marginalized people groups in Ghana in particular and the world in general. Obasanjo examines the religious and cultural perspectives of forgiveness and its universal relevance for peaceful co-existence, social harmony, and progressive nation-building. Neequaye discusses the positions of two scholars – Han Jonas and William Schweiker on the responsibilities humanity must shoulder in this technological age.  We need technological ethics which cannot be formulated universally. Adubofour and Badu compare the house church model in the New Testament times with its contemporary practice by the Church of Pentecost (CoP). Their paper highlights the strengths and weaknesses in the usage of the practice by the CoP. Tachin challenges Nigerian Christians to adopt the Puritan heritage – which is driven by a covenantal worldview that spans religious and social spectra, to heighten development in Nigeria. The Pentecost Event in Acts 2:1-13 has been interpreted variedly. Diboro’s exegesis of the text brings to the fore, its contemporary significance. Anderson Jr. and Tayviah examine the possible causes of corruption in Ghana, in spite of high religiosity-numerous Christians, Muslims and adherents of African Traditional Religion in the country. When a biblical text is translated from its Source Language (SL) into a Receptor Language (RL), does its meaning change from what it means in the SL? Kuwornu-Adjaottor and Kodom studied the Greek text of Matthew 5:1 and its translation into Asante-Twi (BSG, 1964/2012). The findings are that akuokuo (crowds) in the Asante-Twi translation gives a different meaning to the text – crowds of people; and that nnipadɔm best translates ochlous (crowd). Jesus saw the crowd (a multitude of people) and not crowds of people.  June 2019 edition of ERATS ends with a book review by Asibu-Dadzie Jnr. Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views by Stanley E. Porter and Beth M. Stovell, eds.  The views provide insights into the discipline of Biblical Hermeneutics for biblical studies students and also for preachers and pastors.

You are encouraged to use the articles for further researches and contribute to knowledge in Religious and Theological Studies.

Rev. Prof. Jonathan Edward Tetteh Kuwornu-Adjaottor (PhD)
Managing Editor – ERATS