Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 197–207 | Cite as

Toward a task-centered christianity

  • Richard D. Kahoe
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Abstract

The concepts of task-centered (intrinsic) and self-centered (extrinsic) religion have been found useful in a psychological understanding of Christianity. The task-centered dimension is related to a healthy, mature religion, and the self-centered dimension is related to much that has been found to be unhealthy about religion. Theologically the former concept implies a turning to God and His work and away from self. Implications are discussed in terms of the pastor as a model of a task-centered and not a self-centered Christian. In the pastor's role of promoting task-centered religion, special attention is given to worship and to implications for ministering to people's hurts and troubles.

Keywords

Cross Cultural Psychology Psychological Understanding 

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© Human Sciences Press 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard D. Kahoe
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentGeorgetown CollegeGeorgetown

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