Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition / Edition 1

Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition / Edition 1

by Andrew Purves, Purves
     
 

ISBN-10: 0664222412

ISBN-13: 9780664222413

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

Too often pastoral care is uninformed by historical practice and is overly influenced by psychological theory and practice, according to Andrew Purves. At least one consequence of this is that it is often disaffiliated from the church's theological heritage. Purves examines Christian writers from the past who represent the classical tradition in pastoral

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Too often pastoral care is uninformed by historical practice and is overly influenced by psychological theory and practice, according to Andrew Purves. At least one consequence of this is that it is often disaffiliated from the church's theological heritage. Purves examines Christian writers from the past who represent the classical tradition in pastoral theology--classical in the sense that they and their texts have shaped the minds and practices of pastors in enduring ways. He reflects on texts from Gregory Nazianzus, John Chrysostom, Gregory the Great, Martin Bucer, and Richard Baxter. He includes a brief biography of each author, introduces the major themes in the writer's theology, and discusses the issues arising for pastoral work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664222413
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
807,297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for a Classical Tradition in Pastoral Theology1
1Gregory of Nazianzus, "In Defense of His Flight to Pontus"9
2John Chrysostom, Six Books on the Priesthood33
3Gregory the Great, Pastoral Care55
4Martin Bucer, On the True Pastoral Care76
5Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor95
Conclusion: Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition115
Epilogue: An Ordination Sermon on 2 Corinthians 11:2 - "The Father of the Bride"122
Notes126

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