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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
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Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.29 no.2 Pretoria  2008




Space and place in the healing of life: Towards a theology of affirmation in pastoral care and counselling



D J Louw

University of Stellenbosch




How should healing be viewed and what is the contribution of Chrsitian spirituality to the dimension of pastoral therapy and the healing of life? It is argued that pastoral care should supplement the traditional cura animarum with a cura vitae. In this regard the therapeutice value of place and space is explored. A pastoral model for the making of a pastoral diagnosis is proposed wherein a theology of affirmation plays a pivotal role.



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1 Through this article I want to honour and thank Prof C Wethmar for our longstanding relationship of trust and friendship. I also want to honour him for his academic, scientific and theological contribution to the reformed paradigm in Systematic Theology.

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