Original Research - Practical Theology

Applying grounded theory to data collected through participatory research on African Independent Churches’ liturgical rituals: A comparative study

Bethel A. Müller, Cas J. Wepener
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 2 | a1034 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.1034 | © 2011 Bethel A. Müller, Cas J. Wepener | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 February 2011 | Published: 12 October 2011

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Bethel A. Müller, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Cas J. Wepener, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article reported on two research projects, the first conducted in the early 1990s and the second, a project currently in progress. In essence, the article was an attempt to compare the theology of African Independent Churches in the two respective periods by making use of a grounded theory approach to their worship services. Significant similarities and differences were identified and reported on.

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African Independent Churches; grounded theory; liturgy; participatory research; ritual

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