Helping the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Counselors in a by Susan E. Myers-Shirk

By Susan E. Myers-Shirk

This historical past of Protestant pastoral counseling in the US examines the function of pastoral counselors within the development and articulation of a liberal ethical sensibility. studying the connection among faith and technology within the 20th century, Susan E. Myers-Shirk locates this sensibility within the counselors' highbrow engagement with the mental sciences.

Informed via the foundations of psychology and psychoanalysis, pastoral counselors sought a center flooring among technology and Christianity in advising frightened parishioners who sought their aid for private difficulties equivalent to young children, violent spouses, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Myers-Shirk unearths that gender family members account partially for the good divide among the liberal and conservative ethical sensibilities in pastoral counseling. She demonstrates that, as a few pastoral counselors started to recommend women's equality, conservative Christian counselors emerged, denouncing extra liberal pastoral counselors and secular psychologists for pushing aside biblical teachings. From there, the 2 aspects diverged dramatically.

Helping the nice Shepherd will attract students of yank non secular historical past, the historical past of psychology, gender reviews, and American background. For these working towards and instructing pastoral counseling, it deals ancient insights into the field.

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