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Acta Theologica

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LOUW, D. J.. "Habitus" in soul care: towards "spiritual fortigenetics" (parrhesia) in a pastoral anthropology. Acta theol. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.2, pp.67-88. ISSN 2309-9089.

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.

Keywords : Spiritual humanness; Spiritual fortigenetics; Spiritual noetics; Kerygmatic model.

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