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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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|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|
|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|
|About the Editor and Contributors||195|
Posted August 9, 2013
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.
Posted July 2, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2012
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!
Posted April 28, 2012