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Woord en werklikheid in die moderne Praktiese Teologie

H. J. C. Pieterse
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 26, No 3 | a1419 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v26i3.1419 | © 1992 H. J. C. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 1992 | Published: 10 June 1992

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H. J. C. Pieterse,, South Africa

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Since the Second World War South African society has become more and more complex. The uniformity of life style, value systems and religious mind has faded away. Ministry has become a pluriform and heterogeneous praxis. The diaconiological approach to Practical Theology, stressing knowledge of the Word of God as vital for theorising about the ministry, is a valid one. In the light of the complex situation in the practice of ministry, knowledge of this field is also vital. A contextual approach to praxis has left us with biased insights because its interests are profoundly political. A theological-empirical approach for research of the practical side of ministry is proposed in order to obtain a balanced relationship between Word and reality. A theological-empirical approach implies the study of ministry in which the Word of God can be heard through the ministry in the real situation of the contemporary South African life-world.


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