SEELSORGE ALS DENKDIAKONIE. REFORMATORISCHES ERBE IN DER HEUTIGEN SEELSORGE
PASTORAL COUNSELING AS DEACONRY. REFORMED DIRECTION IN CONTEMPORARY PASTORAL CARE
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Islam studies, Comparative Studies of Religion, Religion and science , Sociology of Religion, History of Religion
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: kerygmatic pastoral care; psychological diaconia; the truth of faith; cognitive psychology; conviction; “credition”.
Summary/Abstract: The basic assumption of this article is that the (pastoral) care giver must provide not only psychological support to those in need in their difficult life situations, but in addition to that she/he should give assistance to find meaning of the psychic reactions befallen under the given circumstances and contextual effects. Care giving in believing aims both to raise trust in God and to help evaluating the situation according to the truth of God. The Reformed tradition emphasized the cognitive aspect of faith with the same strength as well as the affective aspect, the “wholehearted trust”. The latest pastoral care almost leaves out of eyesight the content of faith and does not endeavor to change the conviction of the client. As if it would go along with the demand of truth-plurality of the postmodern world. Although there is no theological, nor psychological reason to do so. From theological point of view, we should perceive faith both as an affective commitment, also a novel cognitive process reflection upon ourselves, others and the world through the lenses of God’s truth. From psychological view we can say that we evaluate and shape our inner and outer positions of our lives according to our basic convictions. The aim of pastoral care would be to help the clients to turn the basic convictions of hopelessness into real faith contents (credition), that radically change their perceiving and living through the different situations. By this approach could become the pastoral care a helping device of nurturing thinking faith that is in accord with the Reformed tradition and the truths of God’s Word.
- Issue Year: 62/2017
- Issue No: 2
- Page Range: 204-215
- Page Count: 12
- Language: German