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


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.


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


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