Ordinary Theology of Young Protestants in Serbia—A Qualatative Study
This thesis follows the guidelines of fundamental practical theology, and goes from practice to theory and back again. The thesis discovers, examines and evaluates patterns and dynamics of a Christian community in Serbia, namely the SJUJ Youth Movement. In doing so, it seeks to in- vestigate the ordinary theology of the movement, to delimit its practical implications and to derive some pastoral suggestions for that particular context. Using a qualitative study as the theoretical framework, the researcher, as practical theologian makes use of other frameworks and methods, such as ethnography, participant observations, ordinary theology, and method of mutual critical conversation. Thus this thesis argues for a genuine indigenized, reflexive theology and worship, with respect for the context and culture.
The first and the second chapter of the thesis belong to the descriptive part of the thesis. The first chapter follows the historical development of the movement, discovering its patterns and dynamics through participatory observations and ethnographic research. The second chapter presents the ordinary theology of the participants in the movement. This section ends with six questions that will further develop into six interpretive sections of mutual critical conversation between the ac- ademic and ordinary theology.
The third and the fourth chapter belong to the interpretive and thus practical section, as the pro- cess of mutual critical conversation. This theological conversation was done from three distinctive perspectives affirmative, persuasive and informative. Such conversations bring forth new and fresh concepts and definitions, indigenous and specific for the context, that allow the researches to argue for a so called indigenized reflexive theology, which in Evangelical circles of Serbia should be socially responsive, culturally relevant and denominationally irresolute.