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A Theology of Neediness and Evangelism

Dorman, David A.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000623
Feature: practice/education
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ABSTRACT: Twentieth century theologian Karl Barth viewed human beings as more needy than any other part of creation. Human neediness leads one into relationship with God or into independence, away from God. Barth understood evangelism as speaking out of one's own deeply felt neediness to another also in need, attesting to what one has come to know of God in his/her own life. His perspective is helpful to nurses wanting to bear witness of God's work in their lives.

David A. Dorman, MDiv, PhD, teaches at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, in the School of Theology and serves as an administrator in the School of Nursing. His research interest is in the theology of Karl Barth and its relevance to contemporary Christian living.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 03/13/2018.

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