TCH 517 Myth, Theology, and Pastoral Ministry

Faculty: Dr. Timothy Allen (Profile)


The Church as seen today in its ministerial functions relies too much upon rational, scientific theologies for its explanations of pastoral phenomena. A specific example is the use of God-talk. Whereas many caregivers and theologians dismiss such language as theologically sound, when examined in the category of myth it can be seen to have a meaningful pastoral purpose.

Myth helps explain the unexplainable and provides support in times when the current “acceptable” theologies fail to adequately explain the event. This course demonstrates the importance and use of myth as a meaningful interpretative tool for pastoral ministry and theological explanations of religious phenomena. 

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