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JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Johan. 'n Prinsipiële diskoers oor die epistemologiese fundering van die Pastorale Teologie: 'n Oproep tot reformasie. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.3, pp.1-10. ISSN 2305-0853. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ids.v49i3.1877.
As a tribute to Prof. George Lotter on the occasion of his retirement and to his contribution to practical theology, this article focuses on the current situation of pastoral theology worldwide but mostly in South Africa. Since epistemological choices determine the method and content of research on pastoral theology, as well as the practical implementation thereof, there is an urgent need to evaluate the influences on pastoral theology and the results of these influences. The article focuses on the epistemological dynamics that have changed pastoral theology from a scriptural approach to a discipline of communicative acts and a postmodern strategy of narrative pastoral counselling. The research question is: Is it still possible to have a reformed pastoral theology and pastoral counselling against the backdrop of these epistemological changes?