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Pastoral excellence and Pastoral Theology: A slight shift of paradigm and a modest polemic

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Abstract

The existence of Pastoral Theology as a discipline is problematic. The possibility of becoming a discipline is discussed as requiring a shift from a clinical/therapeutic to an ecclesial paradigm as its center. The shift would foster a valuing of the pastor as an interpreter of human existence, attention to the need for a pastoral hermeneutic, and an appreciation for particularity. The field needs to attend its intellectual tasks and to assess the debits/credits of its relations to secular disciplines.

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Way, P.A. Pastoral excellence and Pastoral Theology: A slight shift of paradigm and a modest polemic. Pastoral Psychol 29, 46–57 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01762328

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Keywords

  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Slight Shift
  • Human Existence
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Intellectual Task