Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context

Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context

Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context

Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context

Synopsis

Written by significant researchers and practitioners within the field, this unique collection of key texts explores the way in which the spiritual dimension of pastoral care has entered into constructive dialogue with other disciplines.

Excerpt

Every so often within the life of a discipline, it is necessary to stop and reflect upon where it has been, and where it wants to go. The past forty years or so have witnessed the emergence of a fresh vision of practical theology as an exciting, vibrant, multidisciplinary way of doing theology that incorporates and challenges both accepted theory and forms of practice. However, significant as many of the contemporary developments have been, if any discipline is to grow healthily, it must learn the art of critical reflection. Critical reflection on praxis lies at the heart of the practical theological task. Critical reflection on the discipline itself will encourage growth and positive new directions. This book provides an opportunity for the discipline to stop and reflect on what it has been, what it is and what it desires to be in the future.

Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies has had a significant role to play in the development of practical theology within the United Kingdom and beyond. During the forty years of its existence, Contact has documented many of the most significant changes and developments within the field. As such it constitutes an invaluable historical and contemporary record of what practical theology is and how it is done within a British context. I am delighted that this collection of some of the best essays published in Contact has been put together. The breadth of scholarship along with the wide variety of disciplines represented makes this text an invaluable resource for teachers, students, religious professionals, pastoral workers, and those with research interests in this area. It is my pleasure to commend this text and to recommend that it be taken seriously as a significant contribution to the field.

Don Browning Alexander Campbell Professor of Religious Ethics and Social Sciences University of Chicago

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