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A Pastoral Response to Despair and Depression
Investigates a pastoral response to despair and depression.
# 39579 | 1,900 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2003 in Religion and Theology (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper addresses several traditional pastoral and theological responses to matters concerning depression and despair. The paper looks at teachings as a pastoral tool and shows how faith and a reliance upon one's spiritual side can successfully help in overcoming despair and depression.

Depression and Despair within Human Nature
Teachings as a Pastoral Tool

From the Paper:

"The concept of depression is often linked to a sense of futility. In a theological sense, the nature of a purposeful life is one in which the individual is rewarded in the afterlife, where moral living suggests an achievement of a form of sacred trust: God has promoted life among human beings as a means of assessing their worth on earth and this assessment is believed to carry over into their immortal judgment. As such, living a morally sound life directly correlates into one of reward.
"This situation, however, yields problems for those that are devout yet still suffer from conditions of despair or depression. Some philosophers and theologians are critical in terms of their understanding of human nature, depression, and despair. Kierkegaard (1849) discusses the problem in terms of self- identify, in which he argues that a "fulfilling" life as defined by society is one that can be empty and meaningless. Kierkegaard presents the example of a man of wealth, family, and social status who still feels as though he has no sense of self. Kierkegaard writes of this man: "[...] the question of immortality has frequently engaged him, and on more than one occasion he has asked the priest if there is such a thing, whether one would really recognize oneself again; which for him must be a particularly pressing matter seeing that he has no self.""

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