Helping the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Counselors in a Psychotherapeutic Culture, 1925-1975 Susan E. Myers-Shirk

ISBN: 9780801895173

Published: October 1st 2010

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Helping the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Counselors in a Psychotherapeutic Culture, 1925-1975 by Susan E. Myers-Shirk
October 1st 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780801895173 | 3.39 Mb

This history of Protestant pastoral counseling in America examines the role of pastoral counselors in the construction and articulation of a liberal moral sensibility. Analyzing the relationship between religion and science in the twentieth century,MoreThis history of Protestant pastoral counseling in America examines the role of pastoral counselors in the construction and articulation of a liberal moral sensibility.

Analyzing the relationship between religion and science in the twentieth century, Susan E. Myers-Shirk locates this sensibility in the counselors intellectual engagement with the psychological sciences.Informed by the principles of psychology and psychoanalysis, pastoral counselors sought a middle ground between science and Christianity in advising anxious parishioners who sought their help for personal problems such as troubled children, violent spouses, and alcohol and drug abuse.Myers-Shirk finds that gender relations account in part for the great divide between the liberal and conservative moral sensibilities in pastoral counseling.

She demonstrates that, as some pastoral counselors began to advocate womens equality, conservative Christian counselors emerged, denouncing more liberal pastoral counselors and secular psychologists for disregarding biblical teachings. From there, the two sides diverged dramatically.Helping the Good Shepherd will appeal to scholars of American religious history, the history of psychology, gender studies, and American history.

For those practicing and teaching pastoral counseling, it offers historical insights into the field.



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