Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 187–200 | Cite as

Pastoral care and psychology of religion: Toward a new alliance

  • Donald Capps


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.


Cross Cultural Psychology Conceptual Problem Pastoral Care Fundamental Interest Working Relationship 
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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Capps
    • 1
  1. 1.The Graduate SeminaryPhillips UniversityEnid

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