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DE KLERK, Barend J.. Metatheoretical points of departure with regard to scientific research in Liturgy. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp. 102-110. ISSN 1018-6441.

To be able to thoroughly judge the new developments in liturgy, the metatheoretical underpinnings of the different viewpoints must be examined. When a researcher in the field of Liturgy does not take these alterations on his metatheoretical points of departure into consideration, one can be carried away by these schools of thought, or on the other hand, express an unscientific judgement in an impulsive reactionary manner. The objective of this research article is therefore to try and formulate reformed metatheoretical points of departure with regard to Liturgy and to determine the impact thereof in the context of alterations in the climate of thought, the world we are living in and the culture within which the scientific task is carried out. A further objective of the research article is to provide an example of the way in which this metatheoretical view can steer a research project. The way in which God is working through baptism and the effect thereof on forgiveness and reconciliation in the South African context, is an example of the way in which a research project can be undertaken in the science of Liturgy.

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