Care to the human “soul” in contemporary theological theory formation. From “kerygmatics” to “fortigenetics” in a pastoral anthropology

Louw, D. J. (2010)

CITATION: Louw, D. J. 2010. Care to the human “soul” in contemporary theological theory formation. From “kerygmatics” to “fortigenetics” in a pastoral anthropology. Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, 51(3):70-81, doi:10.5952/51-3-81.

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The core problem: whether a theological paradigm in theory formation for a pastoral anthropology, derived from, and coming from the very positivistic stance of orthodoxy, is appropriate for counselling people within processes of change, transformation, deconstruction and relativity? The question to be posed is whether the traditional kerygmatic model for a pastoral anthropology (cura animarum; the human soul as substance), or the psychotherapeutic model of self-analyses (the human soul as a psychic phenomenon to be observed empirically) can deal effectively with existential life issues within the new global context of post modernity? A spiritual hermeneutical approach is proposed. In this regard the notion of habitus and parrhesia can play a decisive role in a constructive and realistic pastoral care model.

Teorievorming in die pastrorale teologie benodig ‘n fundamentele wysiging in paradigmas grondliggend aan ‘n pastorale antropologie. ‘n Positivistiese model, gebaseer op ‘n pessimistiese lewensbeskouing en ‘n substansiële siening van die mesnlike siel, pas nie in by die vraagstuk van sin/betekenis binne die netwerkprosesse van globaliserende denke met die aksent op dekonstruksie, relatiwiteit, verandering en transformasie nie. ‘n Paradigmaskuif vanaf die kerugmatiese en die kliënt-gesentreerde fenomenologiese model na ‘n spiritueelhermeneutiese model word voorgestel. In diè verband kan die konstrukte van habitus en parrhesia ‘n deurslaggewende rol speel in die vestiging van ‘n konstruktiewe lewenshulpmodel.

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