Prof Daniël P Veldsman (HoD)

Daniël P Veldsman studied at the universities of Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and as DAAD Scholar, with Prof Walter Schmithals at the Kirchliche Hochschule, West-Berlin, Germany. He completed a dissertation on the understanding of faith in the theologies of three German scholars, namely Albrecht Ritschl, Wilhelm Herrmann and Rudolph Bultmann. Previously at Unisa (1995-2007), he now teaches since 2007 in the Department. 

Veldsman, currently Head of the Department, focuses in his research on themes relating to religious experience, cultural literacy, and evolutionary theology – especially the science-theology dialogue. He is also responsible for teaching traditional dogmatic themes. 

Recent publications


Feeling with and for Schleiermacher (HTS: Forthcoming)

Embracing the eye of the Apple: on anthropology, theology and technology (HTS: Forthcoming)


Definitely dust, but also more. Verbum et Ecclesia  Vol 39, No 1

Debating Otherness with Richard Kearney. Veldsman, Danie & Steenkamp, Yolande (eds). AOSIS Book publication

Wrestling and arguing with God: Between insider and outsider African     perspectives, Veldsman & Steenkamp, in: Debating Otherness

God-talk, the biblical prophets and Richard Kearney, Veldsman, in: Debating Otherness

After God but behind the Cross: The procession as a way to re-encounter God in a culture beyond classical liturgy, Klomp and Veldsman, in; Debating Otherness

Across oceans: A conversation on otherness, hospitality and welcoming a strange God, Kearney, Steenkamp & Veldsman, in; Debating Otherness


The place of metaphysics in the science-religion debate. HTS Vol 73, No 3 

Finding an academic voice in postapartheid South Africa: Systematic Theology at the University of Pretoria. Verbum et Ecclesia Vol 38, No 4

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies and Verbum et Ecclesia: South African accredited journals with footprint Verbum et Ecclesia Vol 38, No 4

Discussing publicness on the public square? Stellenbosch Theological Journal Volume 3, Number 


Welc(h)omo Naledi! What does our newest relative have to say to us? HTS Vol 72, No 4 


Geen water, geen volheid: die dringende boodskap van die ekssitensieel-teologiese betekenis van water. Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 3 (2015), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i3. 1455


Habitat, emosie en ’n eko-teologiese verstaan van menswees: In gesprek met Johan Buitendag. HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2668, 9 pages.

With reasons of the heart before God. On religious experience from an evolutionary-theological perspective. NGTT DEEL 55, NO 1, 2014


In vriendskap met Darwin in die Christelike ontwerp van ‘n antropologie. HTS Vol 69, No 1, 10 pages. Doi: 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1374

Geneem en gelees: Oor Dirkie Smit as hermeneutiese teoloog. NGTT Deel 54, Suppl 5, p 309-320.

Diep snydende vrae, met antwoorde gebore uit weerloosheid: Nav Jurie le Roux se 'spirituele empatie'. Verbum et Ecclesia, Vol 34, No 2 (2013), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v34i2.786.

The bio-century challenge: Life in a holistic context. In conversation with Cornel du Toit. Studia Historiae Ecclesiastica Vol XXXIX, Supplement, p 23-38; Aug 2013.

On emergence and eschatology: something has to give. Du Toit, Cornel (ed). Chance, causality, emergence: Interdisciplinary perspectives, Vol 16, p 175-192. Pretoria: RITR


For and about Etienne de Villiers as ethicist of responsibility. Verbum et Ecclesia Vol 33, No 2

With a little help from our friend! A systematic-theological appreciation of Bram van de Beek’s Theology of Creation as contribution to the contemporary theology-science dialogue. Studies in Reformed Theology Vol 22 (2012)

Steeds digterby. ‘n Teologies-eksistensiële waardering vanuit ‘n Christologiese perspektief van Cas Vos se gedig “Die Here is nie my Herder nie”. In: Human, Dirk & Veldsman, Danie (reds). Oor jou afdrukke. UP: Pretoria.


Wat op dees (van) aarde beteken die einde van tradisonele metafisiese taal oor God? In gesprek met die Nuwe Testamentikus Andries van Aarde oor sy verstaan van ‘n post-sekulêre spiritualiteit. HTS, Maart 2011

Where on earth do we find transcendence? Acta Theologica, March 2011

Reflective notes from a phenomenological perspective on the iconic significance of the Psalms as literary genre for speaking about God. HTS, Oct 2011


Eietydse reïnterpretatiewe geloofwaardigheid: oor die Heynsiaanse benadering tot teologisering. NGTT Deel 51 (Suppl) 267-274.

How “religious” is religion, and how “natural” is naturalness? On the question of the naturalness of religion. Verbum et Ecclesia, Nov 2010.


God, Moses and Levinas: on being the other and relating to the other. A perspective on Transcendence from religious experience. NGTT 51 (3-4) Sept-Nov.

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