‘Quo Vadis’ Practical Theology?

Ian Nell

Abstract


In order to ask the question about the future of a discipline, one must realise where
one comes from. This article seeks to answer the “quo vadis” question in conversation
with some perspectives offered by the sixteenth century Reformer John
Calvin. It is argued that Calvin lived in a century that scholars regard as one of the
golden periods in which the world of the arts and theatre flourished. Hence Calvin’s
age was characterised by a dramatic vision of human existence and such a vision
also had an impact on his own theological thinking. Against this backdrop, the
article engages the question of the future of Practical Theology by proposing a theodramatic
approach in which the possibilities that the notion of “re-dramatisation”
holds, come to the fore.

Keywords


Practical theology, Theo-drama, John Calvin; Drama

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/100-0-655

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