Beyond Self-Actualization: Comments on the Life and Death of Stephen the Martyr
- Volume 5
- Fall 1977
- Beyond Self-Actualization: Comments on the Life and Death of Stephen the Martyr
This paper represents an attempt to introduce consideration of Christian martyrdom as a subject of study for students of the psychology of religion. Maslow (1962) has posited that the highest development possible in realizing personhood is the creative and integrative process known as self-actualization. The suggestion herein, based on material from the Book of Acts, is that in the circumstances surrounding his death, Stephen demonstrates development that is beyond self-actualization in scope. The implications of this for the follower of Jesus Christ are discussed. Further discussion centers around a presentation of the need for more exploration of martyrdom as a psychological legacy for Christians.
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