Empathy and Altruism

What is Empathy? "Empathy" was first used as a technical term in psychology by E. B. Titchener in the 1920s. It was developed from the Greek word "empatheia" meaning "feeling into." In practice it is commonly used to express a person's ability to "perceive the subjective experience of another." <Goleman, 98> A more technical (and … Continue reading Empathy and Altruism

Solomon’s Second Dream (a speculative story)

In Gibeon Solomon had his first dream. As he slept, God appeared to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon replied, “… Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how … Continue reading Solomon’s Second Dream (a speculative story)

So What is Pastoral Theology Anyway?

Try looking up "Pastoral Theology" with an internet search engine and get ready for confusion. With Google, the dictionary function gives the following definition: Christian theology that considers religious truth in relation to spiritual needs. This definition is not horrible but every part of it is so vague that one wonders who would find it … Continue reading So What is Pastoral Theology Anyway?

Correlation of Theology and Pastoral Care in Community

Correlation is described by Paul Tillich as: Theology formulates the questions implied in human existence, and theology formulates the answers implied in divine self-manifestation under the guidance of the questions implied in human existence. This is a circle which drives man to a point where question and answer are not separated. Paul Tillich, "Systematic Theology," … Continue reading Correlation of Theology and Pastoral Care in Community

Pastoral Theology Background

There are many ways to categorize theology within the Christian context. Biblical Theology  (Theology drawn from the Bible and its context) Historical Theology (Theology as it relates to the history of the church) Philosophical Theology (Theology drawn more from reason or general revelation) Systematic Theology (Theology that draws from the above sources and then compiles … Continue reading Pastoral Theology Background