The Logic of the Spirit: Human Development in Theological Perspective

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Wiley, Sep 25, 1998 - Religion - 384 pages
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Those . . . prepared to grapple with science, social science, and Christian theology, will find [this book] important, thought–provoking, and rewarding.
?Sharon Daloz Parks, Whidbey Institute

In this deep and enlightening discussion, psychologist, and theologian James E. Loder demonstrates how a theological perspective enlarges our understanding of how humans grow and develop from birth through the life span. Loder examines the intimate relationship between human nature and the divine and provides moving case studies, bringing the work of psychologists Freud, Erikson, and Piaget to that of seminal Christian theologians Kierkegaard, Barth, Torrance, and Pannenberg.

Loder acknowledges that psychological stage theories enable us to understand the logic of humans′ evolving relationship with the world and with God. At the same time, he demonstrates that the divine spirit has a logic of its own, which is not bound by stages. Seminarians, theologians, ministers, and pastoral counselors will benefit from this rich, thought–provoking guide.

James E. Loder is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Transforming Moment and coauthor of The Knight′s Move.

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User Review  - Kathleen Crowe - Christianbook.com

Overlaying the psychological and spiritual aspects of development is profoundly helpful in understanding the human condition and the challenging work of being conformed to the image of Christ. Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick Oden - Goodreads

This is far and away the best book on the integration of psychology and theology I have read. Using the developmental theories of Erikson and others, as well as the Faith stages of James Fowler, Loder puts together a magnificent, holistic study of faith and human development. Read full review

Contents

What Is a Lifetime and Why Do I Live It?
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Examining the Relationality Between the Human Spirit
17
The Case of Helen
46
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JAMES E. LODER is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Transforming Moment and coauthor of The Knight's Move.

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