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

Authors

  • DJ Louw Stellenbosch University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5952/51-3-81

Keywords:

Cura animarum, Fortigenetics, Parrhesia, praxeology of habitus, praxis of God, pastoral anthropology

Abstract

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 postmodernity? 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.

Downloads

Published

2012-02-01

Issue

Section

Articles • Artikels