Original Research - Special Collection: HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication

Tweeting God: Notes on articulating a Twitter theology

Jan A. van den Berg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5553 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5553 | © 2019 Jan A. van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 May 2019 | Published: 19 November 2019

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Jan A. van den Berg, Department of Practical and Missional Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Abstract

As part of the search for relevant and contextual articulations of theology, this article provides an overview of a comprehensive research project that explored, described and analysed Christian motifs on Twitter. Based on the brief overview of the project, perspectives for the formulation of a Twitter theology are presented from a practical theological orientation. Two central markers are indicated and described as primary drivers of a Twitter theology: the first marker places its focus on the relationship, dynamics and functioning of aspects of authority and normativity in facilitating a Twitter theology. The second marker puts particular emphasis on the value and significance of using aphoristic formulations in the elucidation of a comprehensible Twitter theology. The article presents important strategic perspectives on the practice of a Twitter theology, as well as the formulation of a relevant contextual theology.

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practical theology; Twitter; normativity; authority; aphorism; lived religion

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