Theology and Philosophy of Care : The Common Pastoral Care in Finnish Lutheranism in the Light of Love

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Peltomäki , I J 2019 , ' Theology and Philosophy of Care : The Common Pastoral Care in Finnish Lutheranism in the Light of Love ' , Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie. , vol. 61 , no. 3 , pp. 370-387 . https://doi.org/10.1515/nzsth-2019-0020

Title: Theology and Philosophy of Care : The Common Pastoral Care in Finnish Lutheranism in the Light of Love
Author: Peltomäki, Isto Johannes
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Systematic Theology
Date: 2019-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie.
ISSN: 0028-3517
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nzsth-2019-0020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/319414
Abstract: This paper explores pastoral care as a common task of all Christians in the light of theology and philosophy of love in contemporary Finnish Lutheran theology. Pastoral care is about taking care of one's suffering neighbours, which theologically is about love. The so-called Finnish school of Luther studies considered Luther as a theologian of love. Finnish theological ethics has concentrated on interpretation of Luther's theology. Luther's concept of love has been reinterpreted by Risto Saarinen with the idea of gift and recognition. Following Saarinen, and Jaana Hallamaa's ethical theory of agency, the paper illustrates how the Lutheran idea of love can be based on agency, gift giving and reciprocity and so be understood as praxis in terms of Christian life. To conclude, the question of what makes caring Christian in nature, or pastoral care in other words, is explored in the light of faith as trust.
Subject: 614 Theology
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