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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

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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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Chapter One: The Anatomy of the Problem of the Insufficient Organic Link between Faith and Daily Life in Nigeria

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Chapter One:  The Anatomy of the Problem of the Insufficient Organic Link between Faith and Daily Life in Nigeria

In contemporary Nigeria, on travelling with city and intercity buses, one would meet many people who claim to be pastors as well as men and women who claim that they are sent by God with the mandate to spread the good news of salvation. Entering offices one would meet people carrying bibles, and wearing sacramental of all sorts as signs of Christian faith. Getting to the homes one would see emblems like ‘This House is covered with the Blood of Jesus’, and images of Jesus, Virgin Mary and the saints. Along the streets there are big billboards of prayer programs, advertisements of night vigils, and crusades and pictures of self acclaimed anointed men and women of God of the new Pentecostal Churches. Standing at any corner for a few minutes, one would see a Catholic priest, religious man or woman or a Pentecostal pastor passing by. These facts point to the intensive religious atmosphere evident in Nigeria. Looking at the exuberance of Christian faith in Nigeria and how faith is intermingled with almost every issue in Nigeria, what then is the meaning of the insufficient organic link between faith and daily life? Is the claim as in this work of the insufficient organic link between faith and daily life an assumption or a reality? If it is true that such an insufficient organic link exists, what are the situations...

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