Our Father Which Art in Heaven: Parataxic Distortions in the Image of God

Volume
Volume 10
Issue
Summer 1982
Title
Our Father Which Art in Heaven: Parataxic Distortions in the Image of God
Abstract

One'€™s God-concept herein referred to as the "€œimage of God,"€ is a major determinant of the quality of one'€™s personal relationship with God. In addition, the image of God one maintains may be observed to correlate with one'€™s capacity for relational experiences with significant others. In this article object relations theory is applied to perceptions of God. The development of object relatedness in the child is discussed and the concept of parataxic distortions in the image of God is considered within the context of biblical history and childhood development. Parataxic distortions as found in the psychotherapeutic relationship are also briefly addressed, as is the psychotherapeutic resolution of distorted God-percepts.

Author
Dr. D.J. Heinrichs
Pages
120 - 129
Price
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