This article explores the connection between life and theology. Today, many people do not
understand the connection between theology and everyday life. In particular, many of today’s
theological students are leaving theological institutions and entering the ministry with a
fragmented theology instead of an integrated theology. A brief historical and literature review
indicates that there are three perspectives in contemporary theology, namely the theological triad
of orthodoxy, orthopathy and orthopraxy. A brief analysis of the three perspectives indicates
a close connection between theology and everyday life: theology and life are linked in praise
(orthodoxy), action (orthopraxy) and passion (orthopathy). This article focuses on the paradigm
of narrative theology and shows that, when used correctly, narrative theology provides the
building blocks for systematic theology and biblical theology. Narrative theology also provides
helpful insights when it takes into account legitimate literary concerns, such as the historical
background of the Bible passage and the author’s theology and purpose. The close connection
between theology and everyday life is clearly portrayed in a narrative approach to Isaiah 6:1–8,
especially when it illustrates how the story (narrative) shapes each of the three perspectives of
the theological triad.
Meylahn, Johann-Albrecht(University of Pretoria, 2005-06-23)
As the theme of the study indicates the study is a narrative study seeking to respond to two of the major challenges which congregations are facing within the context of ministry, namely postmodernity and globalization. ...
Joseph, Celucien(University of Pretoria, 2017-02-16)
The objective of this research is to examine the theological ideas and moral vision of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and to explore how his theology (and theological hermeneutics and ethics) has influenced his politics of ...
Pereira, Gregory Cedric(University of Pretoria, 2011-12-09)
God is ontologically omni-present, yet he is spoken of as being present or even being absent. The presence and the absence of God are relational concepts. His presence generally shows his favor and is for the benefit of ...