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Understanding God images and God concepts : towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experience

dc.contributor.authorCounted, Victoren_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-06T13:43:17Z
dc.date.available2016-12-06T13:43:17Z
dc.date.issued2015-11-03
dc.identifier.citationCounted, V. 2015. Understanding God images and God concepts : towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia, 36(1), Art. #1389, doi:10.4102/ve.v36i1.1389.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/ve.v36i1.1389
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99944
dc.descriptionCITATION: Counted, V. 2015. Understanding God images and God concepts : towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia, 36(1), Art. #1389, doi:10.4102/ve.v36i1.1389.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://verbumetecclesia.org.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractThe author looks at the God image experience as an attachment relationship experience with God. Hence, arguing that the God image experience is borne originally out of a parent–child attachment contagion, in such a way that God is often represented in either secure or insecure attachment patterns. The article points out that insecure God images often develop head-tohead with God concepts in a believer’s emotional experience of God. On the other hand, the author describes God concepts as indicators of a religious faith and metaphorical standards for regulating insecure attachment patterns. The goals of this article, however, is to highlight the relationship between God images and God concepts, and to provide a hermeneutical process for interpreting and surviving the God image experience. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Given that most scholars within the discipline of Practical Theology discuss the subject of God images from cultural and theological perspectives, this article has discussed God images from an attachment perspective, which is a popular framework in psychology of religion. This is rare. The study is therefore interdisciplinary in this regards. The article further helps the reader to understand the intrapsychic process of the God image experience, and thus provides us with hermeneutical answers for dealing with the God image experience from methodologies grounded in Practical Theology and pastoral care.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/VE/article/view/1389
dc.format.extent14 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectImage of Goden_ZA
dc.titleUnderstanding God images and God concepts : towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experienceen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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