Who are Youth in Theological Perspective?
New article just out! Are you interested in who are youth from theological perspective? Our centre’s member František Štěch is scouting the possibilities of encounter between fundamental and practical theology. He argues for a close cooperation between fundamental, systematic and practical theology. Theology shall reflect a holistic perspective instead of being a discipline fragmented to separate “fields”. Envisaged dialogue between youth and fundamental theology as well as searching for the theological notion of youth indicate that theological engagement with young people can bring fresh insights into the dry bodies of traditional theological disciplines including fundamental and practical theology.
Who are youth in theological perspective? The central question this article is trying to ask is: How does youth ministry research on youth connect with systematic or more specifically fundamental theology? The first section, following the introduction, aims to summarise traditional perspectives on young people predominantly as an age-related group. The second section attempts to describe the specific theological vision on youth and its connection to youth theology. The final section seeks a new perspective on youth by introducing fundamental theology and drawing on its particular concept of “expectation” proposed by Czech theologian Vladimír Boublík. It is argued that a theological understanding of youth is a necessary prerequisite for any genuine theological engagement with young people and vice versa. Here, theological engagement with young people may bring fresh insights into the dry bodies of traditional theological disciplines, including fundamental theology.