Original Research - Special Collection: Structural subjects - Church History and Systematic Theology

Spirituality in the perspective of foundational theology

Toine van den Hoogen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2085 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2085 | © 2014 Toine van den Hoogen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 October 2013 | Published: 14 August 2014

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Toine van den Hoogen, Department of Religion and Social Theory, Radboud Universiteit, The Netherlands;Department of Systematic Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Systematic theology, especially the so-called foundational theology, has a strong connection with traditions of philosophy, at least in Western thinking. From the 20th century onward, systematic theology was often focussed on forms of transcendental philosophy. This article argues why this kind of research has to be deepened by research into different forms of spirituality. Research into ‘lived spirituality’ offers new pathways for foundational theology and makes the need to develop a renewed approach to foundational theology all the more urgent.


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