Personhood: Orthodox Christianity and the Connection Between Body, Mind, and Soul / Edition 1

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Psychologists, theologians, medical doctors, and Christian clergy discuss the significance of spiritual direction and identify the problems that inhibit one's ability to reach spiritual goals in modern life. They show how the process of being in Christ in truth, life, and light results in personal freedom. The commitment to growth in these qualities provides the foundation for the critical subjects addressed in this book: spiritual discernment and differential diagnosis, identity formation, sexuality, intimacy and relationships, addictions, holistic health, and education. Melding Greek Orthodox Christianity in America with spirituality and more conventional psychotherapy and medical practice, this book makes an uncommon contribution to the religiously diverse spectrum of our ever-expanding multicultural consciousness.

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Editorial Reviews

Explores the nature of the human person by bringing the Christian tradition's psychosomatic understanding of the person into dialogue with modern science. The 18 studies are from the Ninth Annual Conference of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (no date or location noted). Among the topics are spiritual discernment and differential diagnosis, identity, sexuality and relationships, the addictive adaptation, and education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897894630
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN T. CHIRBAN is Professor of Psychology and Chairman of the Department of Human Development at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology.

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Table of Contents

1 "In the Image and Likeness": The Uniqueness of the Human Person 1
2 Discernment and Diagnosis in Human Development: An Orthodox Theological Perspective 17
A Medical Response 26
A Psychological Response 27
A Response to Trilby Coolidge 32
3 Spiritual Discernment and Differential Diagnosis: Interdisciplinary Approaches 35
A Psychological Response 44
4 Christian Worshiping and Psychoanalysis in Spiritual Truth 51
A Pastoral Psychological Response 61
5 Orthodoxy and Psychology: A Marriage Made in Heaven or a House Divided? 67
6 Psychoanalysis and Orthodox Anthropology 83
A Medical Response 90
A Psychological Response 92
7 Panel on Personhood: Medicine, Psychology, and Religion 97
8 The Biopsychology of Sexuality and Orthodoxy: Some Reflections 107
9 Patristic Views on the Ontology of Gender 113
10 Dynamic Elements of Marriage in the Orthodox Church 121
11 A Medical Perspective 139
12 A Psychological Perspective 143
13 Medical Dimensions 151
14 Psychological Dimensions 155
15 Religious Dimensions 161
16 Formation of Religious and Ethnic Identity in Greek-American Schools and the Challenge of Multiculturalism 167
17 Forming Orthodox Identity in the Curriculum of the Greek Orthodox Church 173
18 Enriching Children's Orthodox Identification 185
Index 191
About the Editor and Contributors 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    It is a treat to read about human nature as spiritually and theo

    It is a treat to read about human nature as spiritually and theological understood in the Orthodox Christian tradition with insights of modern psychology, psychiatry and medicine and other sciences.  I am indebted to the authors for their excellent scholarship and think that if culture can (and if I personally could) re-appropriate this vision our lives would be healthier and fuller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Several individuals have highly recommended this out of print vo

    Several individuals have highly recommended this out of print volume (that I finally found).  I’m not sure why it hasn’t been reprinted, given the significant contributions of its contributors.  From the respected wisdom of Bishop Kallistos Ware to the engaging integrative insights of Dr. John Chirban—a formidable group of thinkers from multiple disciplines relate the modern views of the person with contemporary thought.  We end up with an inspiring appreciation of the Orthodox Christian core and its necessity for a meaningful life in relation to the challenges of modern times.  I endorse this book and hope that it soon regains the attention of a publisher to spread the Good News!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Awesome Read

    Personhood is a phenomenal book for any Orthodox Christian, or those who are interested in the faith. John Chirban clearly and precisely describes the correlation of the Body, Mind, and Soul-Very fulfilling read!
    Dr. Kinopoulos

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