Dynamics of Spiritual Transformation

SMP3475HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2010/05/15
Offered in Summer 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Contemporary interest in spiritual transformation has been growing in fields as diverse as theology, psychology, education, the health sciences and management theory. There is an emerging recognition of the need for a fuller critical understanding of the nature and dynamics of transformation and its implications for human development and social change. Transformation has also become the subject of renewed scholarly investigation in the Christian tradition, as churches seek to recover their vitality and relevance in a radically secularized and pluralistic culture. The emerging disciplines of practical theology and Christian spirituality have made major contributions to the current discussion of spiritual transformation. Bernard Lonergan’s philosophy of self-transcendence, James Fowler’s groundbreaking studies in faith development, Benedict Groeschel’s exploration of spiritual passages, and Evelyn and James Whitehead’s investigation of Christian life patterns are representative of the many efforts being made to clarify the power of grace and the nature of transformation in Christian spiritual experience.
What are the dynamics of spiritual transformation? How do images of spiritual growth and maturity impact on our understanding and practice of ministry? This course explores these questions through a multidisciplinary investigation of transformation in the light of the Christian experience and understanding of God. Scriptural, patristic and contemporary theological perspectives on the human person are brought into critical dialogue with depth, developmental and humanistic psychologies to illumine the processes of change and growth in relationship to the divine. Understood broadly to include the notions of metanoia and religious conversion, the phenomenon of transformation will be explored as a shift in consciousness, identity, and behavior leading to human and spiritual maturity. Consideration is given to the implications of these perspectives for the understanding and practice of ministry in ecclesial and public life.
Teaching Method: Lecture, Group Presentation, Group Discussion
Means of Evaluation: Class Attendance/Participation 20%, Four Reflection Papers/In-class Presentations 10%, Mid-course Focus Paper 25%, Research/Reflection Paper OR Oral Exam 45%

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 · Begins: 07/26 · Ends: 08/06
Schedule Notes: Mondays through Fridays, July 26 to August 6
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 8

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