THE INTELLIGENT INITIATIVE OF DECIPHERINGPRAKTIESE TEOLOGIE AS HERMENEUTIESKRITIESE TEOLOGIE

Elsabe Kloppers

Abstract


Practical theology is often regarded as the stepchild of the theological disciplines. It
is seen as a kind of "applied" theology where the views unlocked and "deciphered"
by other disciplines are "applied" to the practical situation. In this article it is
argued that practical theology is essentially a hermeneutical theology as it is
engaged in the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith in relation, and in critical
correlation to the (theory-laden) praxis. It is shown that all hermeneutical theology
has to become more practical, but should remain essentially hermeneutical. It is
finally argued that all theology should be seen as part of a fundamental practical
theology .
... to interpret is to bring out coherence. It is in modern hermeneutics that are
bound together the symbol's giving of meaning and the intelligent initiative of
deciphering. Hermeneutics makes us share in the battle, the dynamics, by which
symbolism is subject to being itself surpassed (Ricoeur 1978:45).

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/78-0-696

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