Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 151–167 | Cite as

Preface to a practical theology of aging

  • Don S. Browning


To address theologically the issue of aging is to confront the problems of practical theology. The problems of aging give us an opportunity to begin afresh our reflections upon the nature of practical theology. A practical theology of aging must take experience seriously. It must use phenomenological description and empirical analysis to open up the surface and the depth dimensions of experience. But then the results of these labors must be correlated with a hermeneutics of Christian symbols. When the results of these endeavors are pooled, the key to meaningful aging emerges as learning to “care” for oneself, one's future, and the future of the race.


Empirical Analysis Cross Cultural Psychology Phenomenological Description Depth Dimension Practical Theology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don S. Browning
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Chicago Divinity SchoolChicago

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