Metatheoretical decisions for the grounded theory research of sermons on poverty and to the poor as listeners

Authors

  • HJC Pieterse University of Pretoria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5952/51-3-84

Keywords:

Metatheoretical assumptions, Theory-praxis relationship, Approach to research, Theological perspectice, Homiletical-theoretical framework

Abstract

The challenge of working with metatheoretical assumptions in a postmodern situation of a plurality of scientific-theoretical approaches is taken up in this article. The question whether the researcher must, in a practical-theological study, begin with theory analysis first or with praxis analysis first, is discussed. In sermon analysis with a grounded theory, abductive approach, the question is whether we have to begin with a blank mind. In order to answer this question the theory-praxis relationship is discussed. This leads to the argument of the article that wherever we begin the researcher cannot work without a theological perspective and in the case of homiletics, without a homiletical-theoretical framework.

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Published

2012-02-01

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Articles • Artikels