Category Archives: Christian Spirituality

Reading List for Adult Learning and Christian Spirituality

Bold face indicates that I have read it. This is a reading project in progress…

Anderson, Herbert, and Edward Foley. Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals: Weaving Together the Human and the Divine. 1st ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Ashley, J. Matthew. “Furthering Humanity: Theology of Culture.” Modern Theology 22, no. 1 (2006): 162-164.

________. “Reading the Universe Story Theologically: The Contribution of a Biblical Narrative Imagination.” Theological Studies 71, no. 4 (2010): 870-902. read more

Book | In Over Our Heads by Robert Kegan

keganIn over our headsKegan, Robert. In over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994.

The Author – Robert Kegan

Kegan is a professor of Adult Learning at Harvard, specializing in cognitive developmental psychology. He has dedicated his career to studying what he has come to call “the evolving self.” Prior to his quest, which began in the 1980s, the conventional wisdom regarding human cognitive development was that all significant cognitive development ceased in late adolescence. In other words, a person’s ability to change the way they think stops at the onset of adulthood. The only type of change that an adult can expect is technical change. Adults can learn more, but they can’t change the way they learn or perceive the world. Kegan’s research has demonstrated that this is not true. He studied hundreds of people over a number of years and discovered that adults can and do develop—evolve—cognitively beyond adolescence. read more

Article | Mapping a Field: Why and How to Study Spirituality

MAPPING A FIELD WHY AND HOW TO STUDY SPIRITUALITY – this is my annotated copy of the article.

Rather than being flatly individualistic or purely “internal” in nature, spirituality appears today to designate an ensemble of (often disparate) technologies—linguistic, ritual, praxilogical, associative, etc.—through which inner and outer worlds are connected. (10)