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Engaging complexity

Gys M. Loubser
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 35, No 1 | a1316 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i1.1316 | © 2014 Gys M. Loubser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 November 2013 | Published: 18 August 2014

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In this article, I discuss studies in complexity and its epistemological implications for systematic and practical theology. I argue that engagement with complexity does not necessarily assurea non-reductionist approach. However, if complexity is engaged transversally, it becomes possible to transcend reductionist approaches. Moreover, systematic and practical the ologians can draw on complexity in developing new ways of understanding and, therefore, new ways of describing the focus, epistemic scope and heuristic structures of systematic and practical theology. Firstly, Edgar Morin draws a distinction between restricted and general complexity based on the epistemology drawn upon in studies in complexity. Moving away from foundationalist approaches to epistemology, Morin argues for a paradigm of systems. Secondly,I discuss Kees van Kooten Niekerk


Morin, Van Huyssteen, Cliiers, complexity, transversality


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