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Church History and Church Polity

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Prof GA Duncan


  • Duncan GA 2005. Reconciliation through Church Union in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa. Verbum et Ecclesia 26 (no.1):35-63.
  • Duncan GA 2005. Historiography and Ideology in the (Mission) History of Christianity in Africa. Studia HistoriaeEcclesiasticae XXXI (No. 1):51-69. Scottish Journal of Theology.
  • Duncan GA 2005. State of the Union State of the Union: The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, 1999-2004. Studia HistoriaeEcclesiasticae XXXI (no.2):189-219.
  • Duncan GA 2005. Ex Africa semper aliquid novi? Hervormde Teologiese Studies, 61 (no.3): 809-827.
  • Duncan GA 2006. Winning Hearts and Minds: Character Formation in Mission Education with Special Reference to Lovedale Missionary Institution. Studia HistoriaeEcclesiasticae, XXXII (no.1):1-47.
  • Duncan GA. 2006. The Prehistory of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa: A Study in Ecumenical Ancestry. Studia HistoriaeEcclesiasticae XXXII (no.2):69-97.
  • Duncan GA 2006. Ministerial Dress for Worship in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa. Hervormde Teologiese Studies.62 (no.3):925-943.
  • Duncan GA 2006. Notes on the Foundation of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa. Verbum et Ecclesia 27(no.3):836-855.
  • Duncan GA & Buqa W 2007. Augustine’s Historiographical Method. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXIII, (no.1):207-219.
  • Duncan GA 2007. Historiographical issues Related to the Writing of Contemporary History Verbum et Ecclesia, 28(no.1):127-149.
  • Duncan GA 2007. The Growth of Partnership in Mission in Global Mission History during the Twentieth Century. HTS 63 (no.3, September):1033-1065.
  • Duncan GA 2007. Partnership in Mission: A critical historical evaluation of the relationship between ‘older’ and ‘younger’ churches with special reference to the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland. Missionalia 35 (no.1, April):54-79.
  • Duncan GA 2007. The passage to ordination in the Southern African Presbyterian tradition: A historical perspective and prospect. Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif 48 (no.3 & 4, September & December):471-480.
  • Duncan GA 2008. Early Presbyterian Influences at the University of Pretoria. HTS, Centenary Issue 64 (no.1, March):51-71.
  • Duncan GA 2008. The Church of Scotland’s Historic Approach to Partnership in Mission:1929-1965. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXIV (no.2, December):203-222.
  • Duncan GA 2008. Towards partnership in mission: The Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council policy. Missionalia 35 (no.1):54-79.
  • Duncan GA, van der Merwe & van Wyk B 2009. Church History and Church Polity in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria. Verbum et Ecclesia (centenary edition)
  • Duncan GA 2010. Church Discipline – semper reformanda as the basis for transformation. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. 136 (March):57-75.
  • Duncan GA 2010. Church Discipline – semper reformanda in Reformation perspective HTS 66.
  • Duncan GA 2010. Coercive Agency: Lovedale Missionary Institution under Principals Arthur Wilkie and RHW Shepherd. Missionalia38 (no.
  • Duncan GA 2011. ‘Ever old and ever new, keep me travelling along with you’: 21st century Notae Ecclesiae specifically necessary for Churches in Southern Africa. HTS 67 (1)#851.
  • Duncan GA 2011. The Church Unity Commission: South African Ecumenical perspectives on ministry (1968-1983). SHE XXXVII (1):19 – 38.
  • Duncan GA 2012. The role of Mission Councils in the Scottish Mission in South Africa: 1864-1923, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXVIII(1, May):217-234.
  • Duncan GA 2012. ‘Pull up a good tree and push it outside’?: the Rev Edward Tsewu’s dispute with the Free Church of Scotland Mission. NGTT :.
  • Duncan GA 2012. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ (Juvenal Satires:§345) (Who guards [nurtures] the guardians?) Developing a constructivist approach to learning about ministerial and spiritual formation. HTS 68 (1):
  • Duncan GA 2013. A Protestant perspective on Vatican II: an engagement with dissent. HTS.69 (1)

Books and chapters:

  • Duncan GA 2002. ‘The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa – Heritage and Legacy’ in Coertzen P (ed.) 350 Years Reformed: 1652-2002. CLF: Bloemfontein :187-196.
  • Duncan GA 2003. Lovedale – Coercive Agency: Power and Domination in Mission Education. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster.
  • Duncan G (assoc ed.& Kalu O (ed.)) 2005. Bakuzufu:Revival movements and indigenous appropriation in African Christianity in African Christianity: An African story (Kalu ed.). Pretoria: University of Pretoria: 278-308.
  • Duncan GA 2008. Steve Biko’s Religious Consciousness and Thought and its Influence on Theological Education with special reference to the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa, in duToit C (ed.) The legacy of Stephen Bantu Biko: Theological Challenges. Pretoria: UNISA, Research Institute for Theology and Religion.
  • 17 Contributions to Gaum F (ed.) 2008. Christelike Kern-Ensikilopedie. Wellington: Lux Verbi.
  • Duncan GA 2012. “Spiritual/Ministerial formation in the South African Presbyterian tradition”, in Naidoo M (ed.) 2012. Between the real and the ideal: Ministerial formation in South African churches. Pretoria:UNISA Press:63-72.
  • Denis P & Duncan GA 2011. The Native School that Caused all the Trouble: A History of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.