Pastoral care in the faith and practice of four selected Swedish churchmen
Carlson, Arthur Bernhard
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Problem: To examine the personal faith and pastoral practice of four Swedish Lutheran churchmen, representative of 11sjalavgrd" (the care and cure of souls) during the period, 1775-1875 in Sweden and America, in order to discover the nature of their ministries to individuals. Pastoral care in this inquiry is defined as a relationship of a religious person to another person in need that depends upon spiritual resources in exploring human problems and in furthering the maturity of that person. Procedure: The life and ministry of each churchman is presented in Chapters II-V. The influence of home, school, church, religious experience, theological training and particular persons who guided them into the ministry is cited. The primary sources for their pastoral care are the published letters and cases, and unpublished letter collections. These are categorized for each churchman according to the kinds of people addressed and the kinds of problems presented. From these findings implications are drawn as to the nature of their pastoral care. A more detailed examination is made of selected letters and cases illustrating the various kinds of needs presented. A seven-point framework of evaluation is applied to each case or letter examined: the pastor's attitude toward the parishioner, the parishioner's attitude toward the pastor, the analysis of needs, the suggested remedies, the pastor as God's spokesman, the parting word of the pastor, the values of the relationship [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.