Bakens, drumpels en webbe : (Hervormde) teologie as kreatiewe onderneming

Show simple item record Van Staden, Piet 2013-09-09T08:24:56Z 2013-09-09T08:24:56Z 2013-05-30
dc.description This article represents a reworked version of a public speech presented at the Reformed Theological College, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, on 13 March 2013. Dr Piet van Staden is the pastor of the Worcester congregation of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa and is participating as research fellow of Dr Christo van der Merwe, head of the Reformed Theological College at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. en
dc.description.abstract This article argues from the premise that theology is a creative undertaking. Nothing can be thought about God other than by thinking about people’s experience and understanding of God. Theology therefore speaks objectively about God from the subjective experience of God and from testimonies about that experience. Such reflections and testimonies are expressed in language. However, the inherent constraints of vocabulary and formulation render any linguistic expression of such spiritual encounters incomplete. Theology is always seeking for new possibilities of expression in order to overcome the constraints. It stands to reason that the figurative mode of expression will be preferred to the concrete or factual register of language because figurative language is more suited to articulate the elusive spiritual experience of meeting God through faith. Signposts, thresholds and webs are employed here as metaphors to emphasise the creative aspect of theology within the context of a changing world. They represent the three phases in the socalled rites of passage described by anthropologist Arnold van Gennep and refined by Victor Turner into an abstract model employed in the understanding of all similar experiences of ritual transference. Here the model is applied to the church and its theology. en
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dc.identifier.citation Van Staden, P., 2013, ‘Bakens, drumpels en webbe: (Hervormde) Teologie as kreatiewe onderneming’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 69(1), Art. #1981, 10 pages. 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1981 en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9244 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1981
dc.language.iso Afrikaans en
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en
dc.subject Teologie en
dc.subject Theology en
dc.subject Kreatiewe onderneming en
dc.subject Creative endeavour en
dc.subject.lcsh Church marketing en
dc.subject.lcsh Reformed Church -- South Africa en
dc.title Bakens, drumpels en webbe : (Hervormde) teologie as kreatiewe onderneming en
dc.title.alternative Beacons, thresholds and webs : theology as creative endeavour en
dc.type Article en

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