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Oorsigartikel – F. Gerrit Immink se prakties–teologiese studie van die geloofspraktyk: Liturgiese vernuwing in die Protestantse tradisie

Hendrik (Hennie) J.C. Pieterse
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a4712 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.4712 | © 2017 Hendrik (Hennie) J.C. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 June 2017 | Published: 07 November 2017

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Hendrik (Hennie) J.C. Pieterse, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa and Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This contribution is a review article on the three most important books by F. Gerrit Immink in practical theology. His approach to this discipline is studying faith praxis of the Protestantse Kerk in Nederland (Protestant Church in the Netherlands) which is a church in the Reformed tradition. In his first book he explained his approach to practical theology in a discussion with the action theory and hermeneutical-communucative approaches. His choice for the study of faith praxis opens the way for a more theological approach to him in which communication between God and people is an important aspect. His second book forms the central part of this article. He uses the concept performance in the liturgy which is adopted from the theater world. In the performance by means of the execution of the liturgy by the congregation (preacher, organ, music, singing, praying) they all get involved in the message from the Bible of that Sunday, they are touched by it, it has an effect on them, and they get a new perspective on the problems of everyday life. This is possible through the work of the Holy Spirit. The epiclese prayers in the liturgy are prayers for the enlightening and work by the Spirit. He discusses singing, praying, preaching, baptism and Holy Communion in detail. The main idea is that the performance in the liturgy does something to you, it has an effect on you, something happens to you. To my mind there is no need to choose between the ritual approach and the approach he is putting on the table. The approaches can enrich each other.

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