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Build your practical theology upon a solid theoretical framework. Designed as a reference for scholars, students, and pastors, this ecumenical study provides the philosophical foundation for practicing the entire discipline. Surveying the historical development of the field from Schleiermacher to the present, Heitink outlines its major hermeneutical, empirical, and strategic aspects. 358 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
This work by a leading figure in the field offers one of the first attempts to formulate a complete theory of practical theology for scholars, teachers, students, and those directly involved in pastoral ministry.. "Designed to serve as a reference tool, this volume provides the necessary theoretical discussion for work in the entire discipline of practical theology. Gerben Heitink first surveys the historical development of practical theology from the thought of Schleiermacher to the present. He then outlines the theoretical aspects of practical theology, looking especially at the hermeneutical, empirical, and strategic points of view. Finally Heitink discusses the various contexts in which practical theology takes place.