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Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition

Andrew Purves
Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition
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Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition

Andrew Purves

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Too often pastoral care today is uninformed by historical understanding and is overly influenced by psychological theory and practice. A consequence of this is its disaffiliation from the Church's theological heritage. This text examines Christian writers from the past who represent the classical tradition in pastoral theology. It includes a brief biography of each, introduces the major themes in the writer's theology and discusses the issues arising for pastoral work.

- Publisher Andrew Purves is Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of PastoraI Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

- Publisher Purves examines Christian writers who represent the classical tradition in pastoral theology, reflecting 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.

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About "Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition"

Too often pastoral care today is uninformed by historical understanding and is overly influenced by psychological theory and practice. A consequence of this is its disaffiliation from the Church's theological heritage. This text examines Christian writers from the past who represent the classical tradition in pastoral theology. It includes a brief biography of each, introduces the major themes in the writer's theology and discusses the issues arising for pastoral work.
- Publisher

Andrew Purves is Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of PastoraI Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
- Publisher

Purves examines Christian writers who represent the classical tradition in pastoral theology, reflecting 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.
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Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) holds the Hugh Thomson Kerr Chair in Pastoral Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books including The Resurrection of Ministry(InterVarsity Press, 2010); The Crucifixion of Ministry (InterVarsity Press, 2007); Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation (WJK, 2004); A Passion for the Gospel: Confessing Jesus Christ for the 21st Century (with Mark Achtemeier, Geneva 2000); Encountering God: Christian Faith in Turbulent Times (with Charles Partee, WJK 2000); Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church (with Mark Achtemeier, Witherspoon 1999), and The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry (WJK 1989).

Purves has a deep concern for the renewal of the church, and speaks regularly around the country on matters of theological and spiritual renewal.
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Heart-challenging perspectives
4 stars By Robert, Aug 02 2012
Purves here serves up a satisfying look at five systematic treatments of pastoral theology from throughout Christian history. They are written in four different languages and cover the gamut of church leadership and pastoral responsibility. Much of the advice is incredibly practical: Baxter, for instance, had dinner with every family in his church once a year, and ensured that the conversation turned to the Gospel every time. A lot of the book also looks at heart matters such as being a 'physician of the soul.'

Purves keeps bibliographic info on each author to a minimum. His summaries are fair, respectful and lucid. My only criticism is that while I appreciate that the book is slim and compact, I felt that some extra length from the authors themselves would have been useful. Also, the concluding chapter seeks to highlight the major themes from the book. This would have been an opportunity for Purves to outline points on a road map for how to take those themes forward into its own ministry - although this is probably beyond the scope that Purves set for himself.

Overall, this punchy book succeeds at what it seeks out to do. It gives a fascinating and refreshing perspective on pastoral work - one that is neglected and so different from modern views which focus on a psychologist being the counsellor, rather than the Holy Spirit. This is brilliant 'background' reading for pastoral study - but be warned that it will challenge your heart!
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  • Catalogue Code 178918
  • Product Code 0664222412
  • EAN 9780664222413
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Nov 2001
  • Sales Rank #3301
  • Dimensions 229 x 153 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.222kg

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