Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context by John SwintonSpiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context by John Swinton

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

EditorJohn Swinton, David WillowsContribution byPaul Ballard

Paperback | October 1, 2001

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Written by significant researchers and practitioners within the field, this unique collection of key texts introduces the reader to practical theology. It critically explores the way in which the spiritual dimension of pastoral care has entered into constructive dialogue with other disciplines and ways of thinking, including: psychiatry, psychology, counselling, intercultural studies, educational methodology, narrative theory and political studies.

Set within this multidisciplinary context, the individual contributions (a selection of articles from a leading journal of pastoral theology, Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies) cover a wide range of practical and theological issues that alert the reader to the spiritual dimension of pastoral care, such as bereavement, sexuality, ethics, learning disabilities, infertility, the meaning of pain, sickness and suffering and the nature of theology as a practical discipline. The book is an invaluable resource for practitioners, researchers, students and all who have an interest in the ways in which a spiritual dimension can enhance caring practices within a multidisciplinary context.

Stephen Pattison is Head of School at Cardiff University's School of Religious and Theological Studies, and has previously lectured in theology at the University of Birmingham and University of Edinburgh, among others, and in health and social welfare at the Open University. He is a prolific author of articles and books on the subject ...
Title:Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary ContextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.11 × 6.2 × 0.53 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Jessica Kingsley PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1853028924

ISBN - 13:9781853028922


Table of Contents

Introduction, David Willows and John Swinton, Contact Quarterly Part One: The Emergence of Practical Theology. 1. Pastoral theology: Towards a new discipline (1983), Anthony Dyson, formerly University of Manchester. 2. Can theology be practical? (1992), Paul Ballard, Cardiff University and British and Irish Association of Practical Theology. 3. A vision of pastoral theology: In search of words that resurrect the dead (1994), Stephen Pattison with James Woodward, Cardiff University. Part Two: Practical Theology and the Art of Theological Reflection. 4. Pastoral action and theological reflection (1989), David Lyall, University of Edinburgh and New College. 5. The case study method in theological education (1990), Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh. 6. The personality profile of Anglican clergymen (1994), Leslie Francis, University of Wales, Bangor and Raymond Rodger, Personal Assistant to the Bishop of Lincoln. 7. Practical theology as a theological form (1996), Emmanuel Lartey, University of Birmingham. Part Three: Practical Theology in Search of Practical Wisdom. 8. Pain, sickness and suffering (1980), Kenneth Boyd, University of Edinburgh and Church of Scotland. 9. Pastoral counselling and psychotherapy (1985), Michael Jacobs, formerly Leicester University. 10. Truth or dare? Sexuality, liturgy and pastoral theology (1994), Elaine Graham, University of Manchester. 11.Friendship in community: Creating a space for love (1997), John Swinton. Part Four: Practical Theology in Critical Dialogue. 12. Objections to a national pastoral organisation (1971) Robert Lambourne, formerly University of Birmingham. 13. Religion and psychotherapy: Friends or foes? (1978), Irene Bloomfield, Association of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling. 14. The theology of pastoral counselling (1980) Frank Lake, founder of the Clinical Theology Association. 15. Pastors or counsellors? (1992) Alan Billings, parish priest. 16. Where is the theology of British pastoral counselling? (1996), Gordon Lynch, University of Birmingham. Part Five: Practical Theology and Social Action. 17. A healthy society? (1976), James Mathers, formerly University of Birmingham. 18. The politics of pastoral care (1979), Alastair Campbell, University of Bristol. 19. Personal care and political action (1985), Michael Wilson, formerly University of Birmingham. Part Six: Practical Theology as Story. 20. Telling tales: The narrative dimension of pastoral care and counselling (1998), Gordon Lynch, University of Birmingham and David Willows. 21. The challenge of creativity (1999), David Aldridge, University of Witten Herdecke, Germany. 22. Passion and pain: Conceiving theology out of infertility (1999), Heather Walton, University of Glasgow. References. Index.

Editorial Reviews

It would be difficult to find a more distinguished collection of authors than the ones in this volume, or a more timely subject - the spiritual revelations that God gives to common believers. For too long, theology has been dominated by historical and philosophical studies, which, though valuable, often ignore the fact that God has yet more truth to reveal to the world. Practical theology is the study of God's ongoing revelations of love and power in the daily lives of ordinary people. Pastoral theology is the study of human caring as a site of God's incarnation. This volume promises to move all theology forward in its carefully developed and often inspiring essays on the spiritual dimension of pastoral care. - James Newton Poling, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary