The most difficult aspect of The Transforming Moment
is propagated by its scope. An interdisciplinary study, it moves freely between psychology (developmental and psychoanalytical) and Christian theology, and to that end, a helpful glossary has been included. Philosopher, psychologist, and Presbyterian minister James Loder explores the relationship between the human spirit and the Holy Spirit in a way that takes account of the human sciences as well as the theology of the Holy Spirit. In particular, he focuses on convictional knowing-a transformative insight that materializes outside the bounds of quotidian reality. Carefully developing an explication of transformational logic (the universal structure of convictional knowing) inherent in the human spirit, he explores the convictional experiences of Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Luther, Carl Jung, and C.S. Lewis, as well as his own personal encounters, integrating theory with practice. 'What person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man that is in him?' asks St. Paul. 'So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God' (1 Cor. 2:11). Loder explains how this analogy between the way of man and the way of God becomes actual and historical only through Christ, epitomizing the transformational process. 'The essence of convictional knowing,' he writes, 'is the intimacy of the self with its Source.' Ultimately, Loder's theories are meant to summon up new ways of conceiving the life of God in our midst. Nothing less than the communion of saints communing with their Creator.
An Eighth Day View:
In this groundbreaking study of convictional knowing, Dr. James E. Loder (Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary) builds a framework for understanding human experiences in which ordinary modes of apprehending reality are suspended by the startling intrusion of a convincing insight -- which often arrives with convictional force and transformational power. Interweaving psychology and Christian theology, Loder establishes the five-part pattern of convictional insight in the arts, sciences, the practice of psychotherapy, human development, and spirituality. "Personally powerful, spiritually sophisticated, therapeutically sensitive -- a resource for all who long to find the Face of God in the voids we face." -- James B. Ashbrook