Prof. Dirkie J. SmitRimmer and Ruth De Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life

    Research Profile

    Prof. Smit’s research interest is in contemporary ecumenical systematic and public theology, particularly from a Reformed perspective. Topics include the relationship between doctrine, worship and life; implications of the faith for Christian life; the nature and calling of the church; and so-called public theology.


    Teaching Profile

    Teaching is done with a view to theological education for the ministry (in Protestant churches) and postgraduate students pursue their own research interests.


    Selected Publications

    “On Election and Hope? Conflicting Stories from Twentieth-Century South Africa,“ in T & T Clark Handbook of Election, ed. Edwin van Driel, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2023, 518-535

    “On Theological Promise,” Stellenbosch Theological Journal Vol 9, No 1, 2023, 1–29, DOI: n1.a3

    “On the Witness of the Church,“ Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Peter Bubmann, Hans-Ulrich Dallmann, Helga Kuhlmann, Torsten Meireis (Hrsg.), Kritische öffentliche Theologie. Wolfgang Huber zum 80. Geburtstag, Berlin: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2022, 31-46

    “On Politics of Friendship,“ Stellenbosch Theological Journal, Vol 7/1, 2021, 1-39,

    “On Thinking,“ Verbum et Ecclesia Vol 42(2) (special edition commemorating Wentzel van Huyssteen’s 80 birthday), 2021, 21-31 (a2311,

    “‘Reimagining Hope with and like Children,“ Marcia Bunge (ed), Child Theology: Diverse Methods and Global Perspectives, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2021, 206-230

    “On Truth-Telling,“ in Vänskap/Friendship: Festschrift för Arne Rasmusson, eds. Ola Sigurdson & Jayne Svenungsson, Malmö: Spricka Förlag, 2021, 223-242

    “Reading Rightly? On Hermeneutics of Trust, Hope and Commitment,” in Jeremy Punt & Marius Nel (eds), Reading Writing Right, Essays Presented in Honour of Prof AEJ (Elna) Mouton, Stellenbosch: Africa SunMedia, 2018, 19-39.

    “What Makes Worship Good?,“ in Pieter Vos (ed), Liturgy and Ethics. New Contributions from Reformed Perspectives, Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2018, 19-48.

    “Justice as/and Compassion? On the Good Samaritan and Political Theology,“ Frits de Lange & L Juliana Claassens (eds), Considering Compassion: Global Ethics, Human Dignity and the Compassionate God, Eugene, OR: Pickwick, Wipf & Stock, 2018, 109-128

    “‘Hope for Even the Most Wretched‘? On Remembering the Reformation,“ Stellenbosch Theological Journal Vol 4, No 2, 2018, 703–725

    “Living with strangers? On constructing ethical discourses,“ Daniel Pedersen & Christopher Liley, eds., Human Origins and the Image of God: Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017, 273-313

    “Does it Matter? On whether there is Method in the Madness,” Companion to Public Theology, eds. Sebastian Kim & Katie Day, Leiden: Brill, 2017, 67-92.

    “Religion and civil society in ‘South Africa‘? Searching for grammar for life together,“ in Michael Welker, Koos Vorster & Nico Koopman (eds), Church and Civil Society. German and South African Perspectives, Stellenbosch: Sun Media, 2017, 63-106



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