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Postfoundationalism, deconstruction and the hope that motivates research in Practical TheologyPostfoundationalism, deconstruction and the hope that motivates research in Practical Theology
Johann-Albrecht Meylahn
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v62i3.385
Abstract: This article is a critical dialogue between postfoundationalism and deconstruction seeking a way of doing theology, specifically Practical Theology, without universal foundations, in the context of a discussion with Wentzel van Huyssteen. Can postfoundationalism, complemented by the critical contribution of deconstruction, pave a way for doing theology that is open to the global multi-disciplinary dialogue? This would mean a way of doing theology that takes the social constructions of the local seriously, yet can move beyond the local into a global dialogue without recourse to universal foundations. In this article postfoundationalism does indeed pave a way for this global dialogue between the various local constructions while deconstruction critically guides this process so that it is not only a dialogue between the dominant constructions of the powerful, but that space is created for the marginalized voices to be heard in the global dialogue. This move beyond the confines of the local into the global multi-disciplinary dialogue is the hope that motivates research in Practical Theology that has relevance beyond its own context and discipline.
Postfoundational practical theology for a time of transition  [cached]
Julian C. Müller
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.837
Abstract: In reflection on the question as to in what sense is our time a time of transition, the article explores the various transitions in epistemology, advocated by the scholars mentioned in brackets: modern to postmodern secular dualism to post-secular holism (Cornel du Toit) structural to poststructural positivistic to relativistic rational-argumentative to narrative proposisionalistic to cultural-linguistic (Lindbeck) fundamentalist to postfoundationalist (Schrag and Van Huyssteen) maintenance to missional. How to cite this article: Müller, J.C., 2011, ‘Postfoundational practical theology for a time of transition’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(1), Art. #837, 5 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.837
The theology and praxis of practical theology in the context of the Faculty of Theology
Tobias H. Steyn,Maake J. Masango
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i2.956
Abstract: Notwithstanding the carefully defined parameters of the various departments within theology, the aspirant student sometimes finds it difficult to define the precise department within which a specific study would best be located. We have discovered that these various fields and departments have many areas of commonality and the borders between them are tested often, even in our own studies. However, we have learned that crossing between one field and another should not be seen as a problem but as strength, as it will enable the researcher to motivate and test his or her theological convictions. It is in this context that the subject of this article finds its motivation. Through it we have argued for a practical theology that will be responsible for engaging with its own theology, in order to find the necessary energy to sustain itself. Not only should practical theology be energised by its theology, it should also, as its name implies, be practical in its nature, offering help to all people in need of pastoral care. How to cite this article: Steyn, T.H. & Masango, M.J., 2011, ‘The theology and praxis of practical theology in the context of the Faculty of Theology’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(2), Art. #956, 7 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.956
The challenge of postmodernism to rationality in Practical Theology  [cached]
C.J. Hugo
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif , 2012, DOI: 10.5952/51-3-78
Abstract: As with previous eras, the postmodern age presents great opportunity and grave peril for the church and to Practical Theology as an academic discipline. The article gives a meta-theoretical description and evaluation of the development of the theological rationality of Practical Theological paradigms. To enable the researcher to explore the challenge of postmodern paradigms, the article describes the rationality of the Newtonian epistemology, followed by a discussion of the ecosystemic and the communication actions approaches. Postmodernistic approaches are evaluated in view of the developments. The rationality of correlative approaches is described as a viable approach to the challenges of the postmodern culture. Two examples of South African researchers are discussed to illustrate the role of rationality in Practical Theology. It is proposed that a rationality of correlation poses a hermeneutical key to a practical theological paradigm.
HIV and/or AIDS, migrant labour and the experience of God: A practical theological postfoundationalist approach
K August, JC Müller
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011,
Abstract: Migrant workers in the Deciduous Fruit Industry are part of the marginalised communities in South Africa who have been severely affected by HIV and/or AIDS. A postfoundationalist approach and the Seven Movements proposed by Müller were traced to present the research undertaken amongst migrant workers with HIV or AIDS. The practical theological investigation was developed from the praxis of HIV and AIDS and the question that it aimed to answer was: ‘What is the experience of God in the lives of persons affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS?’ Whilst it is understood that Christian belief has its own, exclusive integrity, if it is to be valid, it should be able to incorporate the different dimensions of our modern practice to give it the maximum level of meaning and significance.
HIV and/or AIDS, migrant labour and the experience of God: A practical theological postfoundationalist approach  [cached]
Keith August,Julian C. Müller
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i3.774
Abstract: Migrant workers in the Deciduous Fruit Industry are part of the marginalised communities in South Africa who have been severely affected by HIV and/or AIDS. A postfoundationalist approach and the Seven Movements proposed by Müller were traced to present the research undertaken amongst migrant workers with HIV or AIDS. The practical theological investigation was developed from the praxis of HIV and AIDS and the question that it aimed to answer was: ‘What is the experience of God in the lives of persons affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS?’ Whilst it is understood that Christian belief has its own, exclusive integrity, if it is to be valid, it should be able to incorporate the different dimensions of our modern practice to give it the maximum level of meaning and significance. How to cite this article: August, A. & Müller, J.C, 2011, ‘HIV and/or AIDS, migrant labour and the experience of God: A practical theological postfoundationalist approach’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(3), Art. #774, 6 pages. DOI:10.4102/hts.v67i3.774
The importance of life and faith histories in the methodology of Practical Theology  [cached]
Riet Bons-Storm
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v58i1.538
Abstract: The basic questions of Practical Theology concern the development of a community of faith built on, and building the faithful lives of its members in their particular contexts. This article is an exploration of the biographical method – as a means of qualitative empirical research – to obtain data concerning the possibilities of people in their everyday life of coming to an understanding of their particular situation in the light of their understanding of the Christian tradition. This understanding, individual faith develops in conjunction with the particular theological context in which a person lives her/his life. The author chooses to listen to the life and faith histories of people as a feminist. This means that the role gender plays in life and faith, is taken seriously.
HIV/AIDS, narrative practical theology, and postfoundationalism: The emergence of a new story  [cached]
Julian Müller
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2009, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v60i1/2.516
Abstract: The practical theology that emerges from this article is one that develops out of a very specific context – in this case, HIV/AIDS. The philosophical framework is found in an integration of two paradigms, namely social-constructionism and postfoundation-alism. The article concludes with a research case study from the HIV/AIDS context. Practical theological research is not only about description and interpretation of experiences, but it is also about deconstruction and emancipation. The bold move should be made to allow all the different stories of the research to develop into a new story of understanding that transcends the local community. According to the narrative approach, this will not happen on the basis of structured and rigid methods, through which stories are analysed and interpreted. It rather happens on the basis of a holistic understanding and as a social-constructionist process to which all the co-researchers are invited and in which they are engaged in the creation of new meaning.
Practical theology: A current international perspective
Richard R. Osmer
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i2.1058
Abstract: Drawing on Thomas Kuhn’s concept of paradigms, this article explored two levels at which paradigms influence contemporary practical theology. The first level is reflective practice, where pastors and academics carry out the descriptive-empirical, interpretive, normative and pragmatic tasks of practical theological reflection on particular contexts. The second level is metatheoretical, where practical theologians make decisions about how they view the theory– praxis relationship, interdisciplinary work, the relative weight of Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience and the theological rationale that justifies their approach. The article concluded by raising two challenges to the current paradigms of practical theology: the relationship between Christian particularity and the common good, and the wound of reason. How to cite this article: Osmer, R.R., 2011 ‘Practical theology: A current international perspective’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 67(2), #Art. 1058, 7 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.1058
Ta splanchna: A theopaschitic approach to a hermeneutics of God’s praxis. From zombie categories to passion categories in theory formation for a practical theology of the intestines  [cached]
Daniel J. Louw
HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i3.1087
Abstract: It is argued that both the traditional clerical paradigm of an ecclesial approach and the phenomenological paradigm of an empirical approach are not sufficient enough to describe and maintain a theological methodology in practical theology. This has led to the introduction of a theopaschitic paradigm in theory formation. It is argued that the normative task of practical theology implies a philosophical-hermeneutical dimension, that is, to interpret under girding paradigms as related to meaning and being. It also implies a theological dimension; to reflect theologically on the praxis of God as an influential factor within human actions (inhabitational theology.) With reference to ‘the pneumatological praxis of God’, a practical theology of the intestines is proposed. Bowel categories reveal a divine intentionality (teleology) and describe a modus of God’s praxis, the how of God within the vulnerability and suffering of human beings. This divine ontological mode should operate as a practical theological paradigm determining being qualities (ontic status) within human actions and processes of communication. The under girding theological presupposition is that ta splanchna [strong feeling of mercy and compassion expressed by the intestines] denotes a compassionate praxis of co-suffering (the passio Dei). Passion in practical theology emanates in parrhesia and instills a vivid hope: fides quaerens spem [faith in search of hope]. How to cite this article: Louw, D.J., 2011, ‘Ta splanchna: A theopaschitic approach to a hermeneutics of God’s praxis. From zombie categories to passion categories in theory formation for a practical theology of the intestines’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 67(3), Art. #1087, 13 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1087
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