THE HERMENEUTICS OF INTERCULTURAL PASTORAL CARE: FROM 'PSYCHE' TO 'POSITION' (HABITUS) WITHIN THE HEALING DYNAMICS OF LIFE (CURA VITAE)

Daniel Louw

Abstract



In a systemic approach to life care (cura vitae), position and habitus becomes more
predominant as guiding constructs in theory formation for a pastoral anthropology than
personality and behaviour and their relatedness to psychoanalyses. It is argued that
habitus is directly connected to the Biblical principle of wisdom (sapientia), as well as to
the spiritual dimension of meaning. In a praxis approach habitus should play a decisive
role in intercultural care. In this regard paradigms and the analyses of the appropriateness
of constructs containing dominant life views and belief systems become extremely
important in the making of a pastoral diagnosis. In this regard an existential approach for
an intercultural pastoral hermeneutics is proposed.

Keywords


Hermeneutics for intercultural care, Praxis of God, Dimension of phronesis, Theology as habitus, Christian spiritual healing, Cura vitae: an existential approach, Intercultural pastoral care

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/103-0-597

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