Die rol van genetiese (bio-sosiale) invloede op die huwelik : 'n pastorale studie
Schoeman, Lambertus Petrus
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The discovery of the electron microscope and the microscopic DNA, chromosome and gene had significantly increased the knowledge of the make-up and functioning of human beings. At the same time this new scientific discovery has confronted practical theology with a challenge that could not be ignored, and that is to determine if the genes of humans have any significant effect on their behaviour and therefore also on a marriage. The key theoretical argument of this study is that there are bio-social influences on the marriage and that pastoral counselling is uniquely equipped to effect change and healing in marriages that are debilitated by them. Base-theoretical perspectives indicate that: -The Word of God does not make direct mention of genetic influences, but does allow room for such a natural science discipline. -Despite the influence of genes on behaviour, the human is not acquitted of his responsibilities. -Change is possible by means of pastoral counselling under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The meta-theoretical perspective on this subject indicates that the genes of humans are an important factor in the make-up and functioning of each person. Extracting data from the natural sciences field has largely illuminated the perspective on the functioning of humans and has provided a better understanding for certain aspects of behaviour. By means of synthesis of the Word and the natural sciences, practice theoretical guidelines are given for counselling, which counsellors can use to lead people to restoration, growth and happiness in their marriage.
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