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Hermeneutisch competent - een Nederlandse bijdrage Voor de Fakulteit Teologie van de Universiteit van Pretoria naar aanleiding van het mij op 18 april 2008 door deze universiteit uitgereikte eredoctoraat

G. Heitink
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 29, No 2 | a22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v29i2.22 | © 2008 G. Heitink | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 May 2008 | Published: 17 November 2008

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G. Heitink, Vvrije Universiteit, Netherlands

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From metaphysics to hermeneutics: in this way one could describe the turn which took place in Western culture on account of the growth of modernity, ever since the Enlightenment. This philosophical expression also touches on religion, and especially theology. To use the words of the philosopher Gianni Vattimo (2006:49), we live in “het tijdperk van de interpretatie” (the age of interpretation). Against this background, it is not a strange thing that hermeneutical competence is generally judged to be the primary skill of the minister. In this article, I aim to set down my views on the far-reaching consequences which the choice of hermeneutical competence as primary skill entails. This I will do by way of the question: If one chooses theology and ministry, how does one become hermeneutically competent?


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