Horner, R. (2018). Towards a hermeneutic-phenomenological methodology for theology. International Journal of Practical Theology,22(2), 153-173. Germany: De Gruyter. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2017-0026
The question of methodology in theology is sometimes vexed. In this article I seek to offer a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology for theology, utilising the insights of recent French phenomenology. Such a methodology demands that we refrain from making judgments in advance about the kinds of phenomena it is possible to encounter. Not only does this enable us to re-frame questions about the distinctions between philosophy and theology, but it also frees theologians from the problematic requirement of assuming a methodological atheism, particularly as they undertake practical theological research.
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