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In Skriflig (Online) vol.46 no.2 Pretoria Nov. 2012




A theological model for pastoral anthropology within the dynamics of interculturality: Cura animarum and the quest for wholeness in a colo-spirituality


'n Teologiese model vir 'n pastorale antropologie binne die dinamika van interkulturaliteit: Colo-spiritualiteit as integrale pastorale terapie binne cura animarum



Daniël J. Louw

Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa





Healing is embedded in relational and systemic networks. In order to heal life (cura vitae) human relationships as determined by paradigms (patterns of thinking and conceptualisation) emanating from cultural settings, should be healed. In order to apply a holistic approach to healing in pastoral therapy, a systemic, relational and qualitative interpretation of soul in cura animarum [cure and care of human souls] was proposed. The notion of a colo-spirituality [spiritual culture] was developed in order to link interculturality to the trans-cultural notion of grace (the eschatological paradigm). The latter is the prerequisite for an intimate space of unconditional love in order to heal the quality of our human identity and attitude or habitus [being functions] within the existential realities of life (i.e. anxiety, guilt or shame, despair, helplessness or vulnerability, anger).


Die konsep van heling is ingebed binne relasionele en sistemiese netwerke. Ten einde die lewe self te genees (cura vitae) moet menslike verhoudinge soos wat dit bepaal word deur paradigmas (patrone van rasionele denkkonstrukte) en kulturele kontekste genees word. Ten einde 'n omvattende en integrale benadering tot pastoral terapie te volg, word 'n sistemiese, relasionele en kwalitatiewe verstaan van die menslike siel in 'n pastorale model vir cura animarum voorgestel. Ten einde 'n interkulturele benadering in pastorale terapie te volg en heling te verbind met die trans-kulturele konsep van genade (die eskatologiese paradigma) word die konsep van 'n colo-spiritualiteit ontwikkel. Die verstaan van genade as 'n transkulturele konsep is nodig met die oog op die vestiging van 'n ruimte van onvoorwaardelike liefde wat die kwaliteit van menswees en houdinge (habitus) binne verskillende eksistensiële realiteite (d.w.s. angs, skuld en skaamte, wanhoop, hulpeloosheid en weerloosheid, woede) deurslaggewend bepaal.



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Daniël Louw
171 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch 7600
South Africa

Received: 12 Aug. 2010
Accepted: 14 Jan. 2011
Published: 28 Nov. 2012

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