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Practical Theology

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Author(s): Rössler, Dietrich | Osmer, Richard R. | Mette, Norbert
1. Development in Protestant Germany 1.1. Historical Development “Practical theology” is the term for a theological discipline that has church activities as its theme and that alongside biblical studies, church history, and systematic theology forms an independent department of theology on Protestant faculties. This understanding of practical theology and the organizing of theological education developed in the 19th century and became the common rule in European Protestantism. Roman Catholicism preferre…