Affirming the Touch of God: A Psychological and Philosophical Exploration of Christian Discernment
By: Evan B. Howard (author)Hardback
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Both Ignatius of Loyola and Jonathan Edwards wrote about the theme of Christian discernment. Evan B. Howard clarifies patterns of Christian discernment common to both Roman Catholics and Protestants. Yet his study extends analysis further; through a synthesis of cognitive psychology and religious philosophy, Howard provides greater specification of the roles of affectivity in discernment. This will allow spiritual advisors to better guide men and women into an effective discernment process. Psychologists, philosophers, and students of religion will find this book highly valuable.
Evan B. Howard is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Mesa State College, Colorado.
Chapter 1 List of Figures Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction-Background and Methodology: Chapter 4 The Concept of Christian Discernment Chapter 5 The Problem of Definition Chapter 6 Discernment as an Affectively-Rich Act of Knowing: Contemporary Reflections Chapter 7 Aims and Methodology Chapter 8 Affectivity and Christian Discernment in the History of Spirituality-Two Examples: Chapter 9 The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola Chapter 10 Jonathan Edwards' Distinguishing Marks and Religious Affections Chapter 11 Conclusions: Discernment as an Affectively-Rich Act of Knowing Chapter 12 Categorization and Affectivity: Chapter 13 Categorizing Meaningful Information: Discernment as an "Act of Knowing" Chapter 14 Conclusions Chapter 15 American Philosophy and Christian Discernment-A Development of the Foundational Theology of Donald Gelpi: Chapter 16 The Development of Gelpi's Thought Chapter 17 Primary Philosophical Categories Chapter 18 Two Theological Categories Chapter 19 Persons and Communities Chapter 20 The Epistemology of Christian Discernment Chapter 21 Conclusions: Interpretations of Discernment Chapter 22 An Account of Christian Discernment as an Affectively-Rich Act of Knowing: Chapter 23 A Model of Human and Christian Experience Chapter 24 A General Account of Christian Discernment Chapter 25 The Practice of Christian Discernment as an Affectively-Rich Act of Knowing: Chapter 26 Discernment in Spiritual Direction Chapter 27 Revival or Enthusiasm: Discerning Affective Trends in the Church Chapter 28 Conclusions and Further Research Chapter 29 Works Cited Chapter 30 Index
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