Fiction is used as a metaphor to do research. As part of this metaphor people is used to do research with and not about. The stories told are listened to and brought into conversation with written resources, case studies and expert voices. A wide horison is suggested by the using of different scientific disciplines. The stories used is diverse in nature to complement the discription of healing in all its facets. When one listens to the discourses carefully one will realise that healing is one word of fashion in our times and has been in the past. The discourses about healing differ range from a medical, to a theological and even alternative perspective. These discourses tend to fragment the human into smaller parts, which is elevated into a ivory tower to absolute truth. This research is done within a postmodern era which invites researchers to question absolute truths and search for unique outcomes. The emerging of alternative methods invites current discourses to conversation. Alternative discourses invite ivory tower discourses to think in terms of holism. An unique outcome of this dialoque is the new and fresh understanding of healing as a word which includes the person as a whole and not a fragmented object. Healing invites metaphors like brokenness, a unique perspective on life, personal deepening and the search for alternatives as part of the meaning given in a specific situation. Healing invites sick people to conversate with the Scripture first and seek current and alternative discourses thereafter.
Thesis (PhD (Practical Theology))--University of Pretoria, 2006.