Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

’n (Outo)biografiese Twitter-teologie

Jan-Albert van den Berg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3392 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3392 | © 2016 Jan-Albert van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 February 2016 | Published: 30 November 2016

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Jan-Albert van den Berg, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa

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An (auto)biographical Twitter-theology. Due to the increasing challenges created by an evolving digital world, traditional expressions of the Christian faith could become irrelevant for a fast-paced world. Through an autobiographical orientation, a search for meaningful personal expressions of the Christian faith on Twitter is traced and mapped down. Facilitated through a practical-theological inquiry and employing a qualitative empirical research methodology, personal aphorisms of the Christian faith on Twitter are traced down and presented as possible examples of a relevant digital autobiographical theology. Through the contribution of these empirical realities, new hermeneutical outcomes and a strategic involvement are facilitated. The creation, development and meaning of new theological formulations and articulations are explored and described through these expressions. In the tracing of and in the mapping down of these new expressions of faith, demarcations of a possible lived spirituality in the digital sphere are sounded out and verbalised. Through the documentation of these new and relevant articulations of the language of faith, a contribution is made to a meaningful digital autobiographical theology.


Twitter-teologie; Outobiografie; Twitter; Father Bob; Neels Jackson; Stephan Joubert


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