Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, and the Restoration of the Soul

Volume
Volume 26
Issue
Spring 1998
Title
Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, and the Restoration of the Soul
Abstract

After clarifying background assumptions, I proceed to a description of the soul as the source and coordinating principle of the individual life, referring to classical and biblical sources. The soul is presented as distinct from the person, but the entity that makes the person and life one person and life. The psychological reality of sin is seen in the incapacitation of the soul to coordinate the whole person, internally and externally. The gospel word and the Spirit of God bring new life to persons "€œdead in sin,"€ and make it possible for them to become active in spiritual growth by utilizing disciplines such as solitude, silence, fasting, and scripture memorization. The effect of these on progression toward wholeness is discussed, and the importance of psychological research and teaching on spiritual formation through spiritual disciplines is emphasized.

Author
Dr. D. Willard
Pages
101 - 109
Price
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