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The importance of life and faith histories in the methodology of Practical Theology

Riet Bons-Storm
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 1 | a538 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i1.538 | © 2002 Riet Bons-Storm | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 20 October 2002

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Riet Bons-Storm, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The basic questions of Practical Theology concern the development of a community of faith built on, and building the faithful lives of its members in their particular contexts. This article is an exploration of the biographical method – as a means of qualitative empirical research – to obtain data concerning the possibilities of people in their everyday life of coming to an understanding of their particular situation in the light of their understanding of the Christian tradition. This understanding, individual faith develops in conjunction with the particular theological context in which a person lives her/his life. The author chooses to listen to the life and faith histories of people as a feminist. This means that the role gender plays in life and faith, is taken seriously.


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