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Piëtisme en die wyse waarop die leer van die sogenaamde second blessing beleef word: perspektiewe vanuit die Praktiese Teologie

P.A. Rousseau, C.A. Venter, C.J.H. Venter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 45, No 4 | a201 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v45i4.201 | © 2011 P.A. Rousseau, C.A. Venter, C.J.H. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2011 | Published: 26 July 2011

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P.A. Rousseau, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe & Skool vir Psigososiale Gedragswetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa
C.A. Venter, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe & Skool vir Psigososiale Gedragswetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa
C.J.H. Venter, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe & Skool vir Psigososiale Gedragswetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Abstract

Pietism and the manner in which the doctrine of the so-called second blessing is experienced: perspectives from Practical Theology
The aim of the research underlying this article was to explore the experience of individuals supporting the form of pietism known as the so-called “second blessing” that implies suc- cessive works of grace. In this form of pietism sanctification is overemphasised at the expense of justification. In this article, a basis-theoretical assessment of core elements is followed by empirical-qualitative research data, more specifically the results of narrative analysis. A purposive sample of nine participants was used. The research data was obtained by means of a semi-structured questionnaire that the participants had to com- plete, as well as by a semi-structured interview that was con- ducted with each participant individually. The content analysis of the research data indicates possible reasons why some in- dividuals favour this form of pietism, why some individuals do not favour this doctrine, why some individuals remain sup-porters of this form of pietism, and how some individuals are “freed” from it. Guidelines are given on a practice-theoretical level concerning the way in which the outcome of these results can be applied. An indication is given of the ways in which spiritual leaders, counsellors and other believers may find it useful to utilise the research data in their pastoral counselling of persons who practise this form of pietism.

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Holiness Of Life; Narrative Analysis; Pietism Experience Of Pietistic Religious Practice; Second blessing Doctrine Of The

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