Title

Five key barriers to deep learning and character formation based primarily on Jesus' parable of the four soils.

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Abstract

According to Jesus, what potential range of resistance to truth can prevent his follower from greater fruitful Christian living? The article proposes, from Jesus’ life and teachings, a spectrum of five barriers to “unfruitful” living that can hinder deep learning and Christian formation. In the Parable of the Four Soils, three unfruitful soils are depicted. For the two additional barriers, one comes from John 15:4-5, and the other from Jesus' own Garden of Gethsemane experience. Practical implications are drawn for teachers as learners themselves and as facilitators of learning in students. Key Words: learning barriers, worldview beliefs, inner heart formation, Christian formation, spiritual formation, awakening, parable, parable of the four soils, sin, confession

Keywords

Sower (Parable); Christian education--Philosophy

Publication Title

Christian Education Journal

Volume

9

Issue

Special issue

First Page

S-138

Last Page

S-156

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