Pastoral theology in an age of uncertainty

Show simple item record Graham, Elaine L. 2007-07-05T11:43:45Z 2007-07-05T11:43:45Z 2006-09
dc.description This article is a reprinted version of chapter two of the author's book Transforming practice: Pastoral Theology in an age of uncertainty, 1996, pp 38-55. Permission for republication is granted by Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene OR. en
dc.description.abstract In this article the history of pastoral and practical theology is viewed through the lens of postmodern thought. The article argues that an "age of uncertainty" has been engendered by the dissolution of many of the scientific, political and philosophical nostrums of Western modernity. Such a characterization is, however, intended to present postmodernity more as a loss of innocence than the absolute annihilation of value. It is still possible to pursue the prospects for coherent theological reflection and faithful action amidst such a fracturing of certainties. That involves searching for ways of inhabiting consistently and authentically a tradition of binding values that recognize their own contingency but also seek to create some degree of coherence and transparency. The discipline of Practical Theology should be reconceived as the articulation and excavation of sources and norms of Christian practice, the discipline that enables the community of faith to practice what it preaches. en
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dc.identifier.citation Graham, E 2006, 'Pastoral theology in an age of uncertainty', HTS Theological Studies/Teologiese Studies, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 845-865. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Reformed Theological College, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.rights Reformed Theological College, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.subject Age of uncertainty en
dc.subject.lcsh Postmodernism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Theology, Practical en
dc.subject.lcsh Christian life en
dc.title Pastoral theology in an age of uncertainty en
dc.type Article en

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