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International Journal of Practical Theology

Ed. by Couture, Pamela / Schröder, Bernd

Editorial Board: Dreyer, Jaco / Gräb, Wilhelm / Graham, Elaine / Grethlein, Christian / Hastings, Thomas John / Lefebvre, Solange / Mette, Norbert / Miller-McLemore, Bonnie / Mullino Moore, Mary Elizabeth / Nieman, James / Osmer, Richard / Schreiter, Robert / Schweitzer, Friedrich / Kwan Un, Joon / Ven, Johannes / Wolfteich, Claire

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Volume 18, Issue 1


From Practical Theology to Practice-oriented Theology

The study of lived spirituality and lived religion in late modernity

Christiaan A. M. Hermans
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  • Chair Pastoral Theology, especially Empirical Theology, Radboud University Nijmegen, Research fellow, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa, Van Heemstraweg 69, 6645KG, Winssen, the Netherlands
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Published Online: 2014-06-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2014-0009


The article claims that PT needs to change as a discipline in three directions. First, we cannot longer lump every person in our category of religion based on the normative conceptions of our own (Christian) religion. We need criteria to distinguish between normal experiences, spiritual experience and religious experience. Secondly, the process of opening up the material object of PT has decentred the (all-knowing) theological scholar who builds theory on lived spirituality and / or religion. Thirdly, we need to develop a new form of methodology to build theory on practical reasoning, namely practice-oriented methodology.


Dieser Beitrag fordert eine Entwicklung der Praktischen Theologie als wissenschaftlicher Disziplin in drei Hinsichten. Erstens kann die Praktische Theologie nicht länger alle Formen menschlicher Bedeutungskonstruktionen normativ als „Religion“ benennen. Zweitens hat der Erweiterungsprozess des materiales Objekt der Praktischen Theologie in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gleichzeitig auch die Dezentrierung des all-wissenden theologischen Subjekt der Kenntnis verursacht. Drittens muss die Praktische Theologie eine neue empirische Methodologie entwickeln, die Theorien auf der Basis von praktisch-religiöser Kenntnis entwickelt. Einen solchen Ansatz nennt der Verfasser praktisch-orientierte Methodologie.

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Published Online: 2014-06-05

Published in Print: 2014-06-30

Citation Information: International Journal of Practical Theology, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 113–126, ISSN (Online) 1612-9768, ISSN (Print) 1430-6921, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2014-0009.

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