I605 Theological Anthropology and Pastoral Care and Counseling

Theological anthropology has typically been understood as doctrine about the nature of the human or what it is to be a person created in the image of God. Through the exploration of related themes such as health/wholeness, finitude, sin, blessing, and salvation, as variously understood in pastoral theology, secular (e.g., medical model) understandings, personality theory, and theology, students will explore this rich set of practical pastoral and theological topics. Pedagogical methods will include primary and secondary readings in theology and personality theory, film, literature, and class discussions. Students will be asked to write one substantial paper, present a verbatim of a pastoral experience, and contribute to class discussions, in an upper level graduate seminar format. Prerequisite: P520.

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