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Habitus” in soul care. Towards “spiritual fortigenetics” (parrhesia) in a pastoral anthropology

DJ Louw

Abstract


It is argued that habitus plays a fundamental role in both a practical theological and pastoral-anthropological approach in order to focus on the “wholeness” of the human soul (soul as a qualitative and relational entity). It is hypothesized that a spiritual understanding of fortigenetics and the emphasis on a positive growth model can help pastoral theology to develop a theological theory for the empowerment of the being functions of human beings. In this regard, the theological notion of parrhesia can play a
decisive role. The article proposes a paradigm shift from pathogenic thinking to growth thinking within the parameters of hope care.



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v30i2.67264
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