Therapautic church?

“The traditional functions of Western religions are to teach morality, sanctify marrige and family, and anchor social stability through shared beliefs, rituals and institutions. The actual content of the faith, while not unimportant, is acutally of secondary importance to these more mundane functions, and genuinely spiritual crises(death and sin, heaven and hell) can be dealt with by appealing to doctrine, as promulgated by the church hierarchies. In contrast, our current need are not really spiritual in traditional sense. Instead, they are therapeutic….”

(Heat and Potter 2004, 258)

Are church failing to teach personal spirituality that has the power to deal with the therapautic dimensions of ordinary life?


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