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Integrativni pristup praktičnoj teologiji: Socijalna konstrukcija konverzije
An Integrative Approach to Practical Theology: An Example of the Social Construction of Conversion

Author(s): Srđan Sremac
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Biblijski institut
Keywords: praktična teologija; praksa; hermeneutika; empirijska metoda; transformacija; interdisciplinarnost; socijalni konstrukcionizam; naracija; konverzija; zavisnost

Summary/Abstract: In this article, the author primarily focuses on an integrative approach to practical theology. This approach combines the hermeneutical, empirical, and strategic (critical) perspective in practical theology. The author sums up this approach in three categories: understanding, explanation, and change. Furthermore, the author highlights that an integrative approach requires an interrelationship between different branches of theology. This enables practical theology to enter into sincere dialogue with the social sciences. In the second part of this work, the author illustrates an integrative approach with the example of the social construction of conversion using a narrative method to investigate conversion testimonies of former drug addicts. The author concludes that the integrative approach, in the context of practical theology, provides a significant contribution to the actual theological reflection of the church and society.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 339-364
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Serbian