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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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Zugl.: Würzburg, Univ., Diss., 2013

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ajunwa, Sylvester O., 1969- author. 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 O. Ajunwa. pages cm doctoral Universität Würzburg 2013 Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-66069-0 1. Pastoral theology—Catholic Church. 2. Pastoral theology— Nigeria. 3. Christianity and culture—Nigeria. 4. Pastoral care—Nigeria. 5. Catholic Church— Nigeria. I. Title. BX2347.A38 2015 253.09669—dc23


D 20 ISSN 2196-0615 ISBN 978-3-631-66069-0 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05455-2 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05455-2 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2015 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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