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HI-Touch Pastoral Approach in the 21st Century

A response to the problem of insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria


Sylvester Ajunwa

«Human Integrated Touch» (HI-Touch) is a pastoral care approach that could be a response to the lingering problems of Christianity marred by an insufficient organic link between faith and daily life in Nigeria. Arguing for an integrated approach to humans and the human condition, the study presents the HI-Touch as a form of pastoral care that is not only based on religious affiliations, but also on human authentic values vis-a vis an authentic Christian faith in a dynamic society. The growth of atheism in modern societies is not only a conceptual denial of the existence of God but an elimination of God from the affairs of man. The right way to overcome this is through a new order of human relations that calls for love, mutual respect, hospitality, empathy, communion, and dialogue with one another in all human situations.
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The success of any intellectual enterprise cannot be attributed to one person alone. It is always a summed up efforts of many. This work then is a collective effort of many who assisted in various forms to its realization. To all of you I am deeply indebted. First of all I express my thanks and adoration to God whose power at work within us can do immeasurably more than we can conceive or imagine.

I am grateful to my moderator Prof. Dr. Erich Garhammer for his academic mentorship and guidance in the formation, development and actualisation of this work. I am grateful too to Dr. Habil. Bernhard Spielberg who followed me closely with all constructive criticisms till this work is accomplished. My thanks also go to Prof. Dr. Chibueze C. Udeani for accepting to be the Zweitgutachter and for his academic suggestions.

My gratitude goes to the Würzburg diocese for the opportunity offered to me to study in Würzburg University Germany. Also to my home diocese Ahiara, Mbaise particularly my former bishop, Late Most Rev. Dr. V. A. Chikwe, I will remain thankful.

Many other friends helped in the success of this work: Rev. Fr. Dr. Mike Akaigwe, Rev Fr. Dr. Prudentius Aroh, Rev Fr. Uchenna Ugwueze, Rev. Fr. Anthony Nnaji, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu Uduaku, Rev. Fr Dr. Rowland Onyenali and Rev Fr. Dr. Gerald Anyanwu; to you and many others my deepest appreciation for all your...

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