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DE WET, F.W.. The necessity of explicating metatheoretical assumptions regarding the view on reality in scientific practical theological research. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.1, pp. 1-23. ISSN 1018-6441.
This article is the second in the research project "Metatheoretical assumptions in Practical Theology". In this project - as indicated in the previous article - a group of reformed theologians is elucidating and discussing their metatheoretical and other perspectives regarding research in Practical Theology. In this article the necessity to explain metatheoretical assumptions concerning a view on reality, is discussed from a reformed perspective. The practical theological implications of a view on reality with its roots in the sixteenth-century protestant Reformation are critically compared with an alternative view on reality in the contemporary context which focuses more on the horizontal dimension of the action events taking place in praxis. This comparison is done with a view to responding to this alternative view in a responsible way. Essential characteristics of the sixteenth-century reformed view on reality seem to be its Scripture-determined vision and theocentric focus as well as the way in which human life and actions are represented as reflections of the "imago Dei". The need to critically reflect on these characteristics and to newly align this view on reality with respect to challenges posed in the contemporary context, is explored.