Head of Department, Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology, Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, Stellenbosch University

Dion holds two PhD degrees. His first PHD is in theology and science (specialising in intersubjective identity, cognitive neuroscience and African relational ontology, 2006). His second PhD was awarded at Radboud University, in the Netherlands with a focus on intercultural hermeneutics and the 'politics' forgiveness among Black and White South Africans (2017).

His research is focussed in the areas of Public Theologies and Christian Ethics, with a focus on political ethics and economic ethics and the roles of faith communities and faith identity as they operate in the various publics of society.

Experience

  • –present
    Head of Department, Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Theology, Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, Stellenbosch University

Education

  • 2008 
    Stellenbosch University, SMDP
  • 2006 
    University of South Africa, PhD (Theology and Science)
  • 2001 
    Rhodes University, MTh
  • 1997 
    Rhodes University, BTh.Hons

Publications

  • 2016
    A state church? A consideration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's 'Theological position paper on state and church', Forster, D.A. 2016. A state church? A consideration of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ‘Theological position paper on state and church.’ STJ | Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 2(1):61–88.
  • 2015
    Where is the church on Monday? Awakening the church to the theology and practice of ministry and mission in the marketplace, Forster, D.A. & Oosterbrink, J.W. 2015a. Where is the church on Monday? Awakening the church to the theology and practice of ministry and mission in the marketplace. In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi, 49(3).
  • 2015
    Activating moral imagination: EXPOSED 2013 as a fourth generation faith-based campaign? , Forster, D.A & Bowers-du Toit, N.B. 2015. Activating moral imagination: EXPOSED 2013 as a fourth generation faith-based campaign? STJ | Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 1(1):19–40.
  • 2015
    What hope is there for South Africa? A public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the future. , Forster, D.A., 2015b. What hope is there for South Africa? A public theological reflection on the role of the church as a bearer of hope for the future. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(1):1–10.
  • 2014
    Called to work: A descriptive analysis of Call42’s research on faith and work in South Africa, Forster, D.A., 2014a. Called to work: A descriptive analysis of Call42’s research on faith and work in South Africa. Koers – Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, 79(2):1–9.
  • 2014
    Mandela and the Methodists: Faith, fallacy and fact., Forster, D.A., 2014b. Mandela and the Methodists: Faith, fallacy and fact. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 40 (Church History Society of Southern Africa 40th Anniversary supplement):87–115.
  • 2012
    Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church-State relationships, Bentley, W. & Forster, D.A. 2012. Between Capital and Cathedral: Essays on Church-State relationships. Research Institute for Theology and Religion, Pretoria.
  • 2011
    Transform Your Work Life, 1. Forster, D.A. & Power, G. 2011. Transform Your Work Life. United States. Boise, Idaho: Russell Media.
  • 2010
    What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists, Forster, D.A. & Bentley, W. 2010. What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists. First. Methodist Publishing House.
  • 2010
    African relational ontology, individual identity, and Christian theology An African theological contribution towards an integrated relational ontological identity., Forster, D.A., 2010c. African relational ontology, individual identity, and Christian theology An African theological contribution towards an integrated relational ontological identity. Theology, SPCK, 113(874):243–253.
  • 2010
    A generous ontology: Identity as a process of intersubjective discovery – An African theological contribution, Forster, D.A., 2010a. A generous ontology: Identity as a process of intersubjective discovery – An African theological contribution. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 66(1).
  • 2010
    The Church has AIDS: Towards a Positive Theology for an HIV+ Church., Forster, D.A., 2010b. The Church has AIDS: Towards a Positive Theology for an HIV+ Church. EPWORTH REVIEW, One(Two):6–24.
  • 2010
    Christian and Positive: Reflections on Christianity in an HIV+ world, Forster, D. 2010. Christian and Positive: Reflections on Christianity in an HIV+ world. MMA Publishers, Kempton Park.
  • 2008
    Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission. , Forster, D.A. & Bentley, W. 2008. Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission. 1st ed. AcadSA Publishers.
  • 2008
    Prophetic witness and social action as holiness in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s mission, Forster, D.A. 2008b. Prophetic witness and social action as holiness in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s mission. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, XXXIV,(1):411–434.
  • 2008
    More Red than Green: A response to global warming and the environment from within the Methodist Church of Southern Africa., Forster, D.A., 2008a. More Red than Green: A response to global warming and the environment from within the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. EPWORTH REVIEW, 35(2):38–52.
  • 2008
    An uncommon spiritual path - the quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity. , Forster, D.A. 2008. An uncommon spiritual path - the quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity. 1st ed. AcadSA.
  • 2007
    Christ at the centre: Discovering the Cosmic Christ in the spirituality of Bede Griffiths., Forster, D.A. 2007. Christ at the centre: Discovering the Cosmic Christ in the spirituality of Bede Griffiths. Kempton Park: AcadSA Publising.
  • 2006
    Validation of individual consciousness in strong artificial intelligence: an African theological contribution, Forster, Dion Angus. “Validation of Individual Consciousness in Strong Artificial Intelligence: An African Theological Contribution.” PhD, University of South Africa, 2006. http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/2361.
  • 2005
    Post-human Consciousness and the Evolutionary Cosmology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin., Forster, D.A., 2005. Post-human Consciousness and the Evolutionary Cosmology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Grace and Truth: A Journal of Catholic Reflection for Southern Africa, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 29–44.
  • 2001
    An introduction to Wesleyan Spirituality (Wesley Society of South Africa), Forster, D.A. 2001. An introduction to Wesleyan Spirituality (Wesley Society of South Africa). Cape Town: Methodist Publishing House.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Scholarship for 2nd PhD research
    Role:
    Primary Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Radboud University
  • 2001
    Scholarship for Master of Theology research
    Role:
    Primary Researcher
    Funding Source:
    South Africa National Research Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Theological Society of South Africa
  • Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies
  • American Academy of Religion