Item 1545 - Anton T. Boisen and theology through living human documents

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CA ON00389 F4-9-1-1545

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Anton T. Boisen and theology through living human documents

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  • September 1968 (Creation)

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15 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item consists of a 15 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled: Anton T. Boisen and Theology through living human documents, published in Pastoral Psychology, Volume 19, No. 186, September 1968, p. 49 – 63. This issue of Pastoral Psychology is an Anton T. Boisen Memorial Issue and consists of 9 articles of which Henri Nouwen’s is the last. In this article Nouwen looks at Boisen’s important development of the use of the case study in the clinical training of theological students. Because this development of the case study arose out of Boisen’s confrontation with his own psychotic breakdown in 1920, Nouwen focuses much of this article on the life of Boisen, the relationships that formed his direction from his study of languages, forestry and finally, the ministry. Nouwen states: "In a way, we can say that Boisen’s own psychosis became the center of his identity…there he found his true vocation: the ministry to the mentally ill. There he found the main concepts of his most important publication, The Exploration of the Inner World and there he found the basis of his idea for the clinical training of theological students." The article has a number of headings: The Man, The Central Experience (his psychotic breakdown), The input (here Nouwen discusses some of the people who deeply influenced Boisen), The Outcome (here is discussed his development of the case method, Growth through Conflicts (the growth of the case method and evolutions which Boisen found difficult) and The Last Years (covers the years from Boisen’s retirement until his death in 1965 at the age of 89).

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Preservation photocopy available in Articles by Nouwen Access Copy Box 1.

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Published in Pastoral Psychology 19, no. 186 (September 1968): 49-63.

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Page 52 of photocopy of the article is missing; there are two "51" pages.
First page of photocopy of article has been annotated in pen by Nouwen: "File Boisen Articles."

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2000 01 ; 2007 62

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Box 294

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