Pastoral care and psychology of religion: Toward a new alliance
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This paper explores the possibility of a closer working relationship between psychologists of religion and professionals in pastoral care. The first part identifies the major conceptual problems of pastoral psychology and pastoral theology. The second part indicates how psychology of religion provides pastoral psychology and pastoral theology with resources for solving these problems. The author concludes that grounds for an alliance between psychology of religion and pastoral care clearly exist; both, for example, share a fundamental interest in personal transformation and integration.
KeywordsCross Cultural Psychology Conceptual Problem Pastoral Care Fundamental Interest Working Relationship
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