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Reaching beyond: Blogging a digital autobiographical practical theology

Jan Albert van den Berg
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 35, No 2 | a873 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i2.873 | © 2014 Jan Albert van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2013 | Published: 06 August 2014

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Jan Albert van den Berg, Department of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


Against the backdrop of a virtual existence, this contribution has portrayed the intimate relationship between two practical theologians. Through the use of biographical accounts, the author has not only attempted to indicate the significant contribution of Professor Julian Müller to the field of practical theology, but has also described the influence of this work on his own life and current research practice. In these descriptions of engagement, on the basis of which relevant research accents have been demarcated, a scenario pointing towards relevant future developments has also been indicated. In the mapping of a digital autobiographical practical theology, the author has personally ‘reached beyond’ in his endeavour to identify new research avenues in the articulation of the autobiographical language of a lived digital religion.


autobiographical, practical theology, futures studies, digital, blogging, lived religion, reaching beyond, professor Julian Müller


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