Healing in the Nigerian Church: A Pastoral-Psychological Exploration (Studien Zur Interkulturellen Geschichte Des Christentums)

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This research work shows that "Healing in the church" which is found in different African countries could be better understood from the traditional African religious world-view. Using the lgbo of Nigeria as an example, the author suggests that some problems attributed to one cause or another in traditional African society might be psychological or psychosomatic in nature. Elements of a belief system can be used as means of expressing some underlying psychosocial conflicts. Psychological problems and conflicts are general human problems that could be found in any culture, but their expressions, manifestations and actualizations depend on the culture concerned. Experiences of Psychotherapy in Africa have shown that Therapists need to be familiar with the cultural features of the patients' lives in order to recognize the psychosocial problems behind the physical complaints of the patients. Only in this way can they resolve most of the problems termed "spiritual" cases. These findings are also very relevant for theology and pastoral practice in African countries.

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The Author: Moses Chinonyelu Ugwu hails from Obimo Nsukka, Nigeria and was born in 1959. He first studied philosophy in Bigard Memorial Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria and later came to Innsbruck, Austria to continue his studies in theology. In 1997 he obtained his doctorate degree in Theology at the Universityof Innsbruck, Austria. During his doctoral studies he got trained as a «psychological counsellor» and as a Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in Germany and Switzerland respectively.

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