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A Christian for the Christians, a Muslim for the Muslims? Reflections on a Protestant View of Pastoral Care for all Religions

Kurt W. Schmidt and Gisela Egler

in Christian bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality

Published on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics Inc.

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 239-256
Published in print January 1998 | ISSN: 1380-3603
Published online January 1998 | e-ISSN: 1744-4195 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1076/chbi.4.3.239.6898
A Christian for the Christians, a Muslim for the Muslims? Reflections on a Protestant View of Pastoral Care for all Religions

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Whereas in the first half of the 20th century, proclamation was the focal point of pastoral care in Germany, the 1970s witnessed an embracing of the American pastoral care movement. From then on, pastoral care was increasingly understood as accompanying patients whilst adopting the spiritual dimension. Nowadays, Christian chaplains are encountering an increasing number of patients from different religious communities. Various models have been proposed to help Protestant chaplains find an authentic form of pastoral care suitable for all religions. Until a clear position is assumed with regard to Christianity's demands of absolutism, however, none of these approaches can be satisfactory.

Keywords: generic chaplaincy; Protestant Christianity

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Medical Ethics ; Christian Life and Practice

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