Title

Work of the Holy Spirit in Natural Psychological Growth

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Abstract

I develop the thesis that the Holy Spirit works as the perfecting cause within creation bringing creatures to their divinely ordained telos, and sometimes uses the natural process of growth in therapy toward that end. First, I consider reasons why the work of the Holy Spirit in creation and natural psychological growth processes has sometimes been obscured for us. After clearing the ground, I develop a theology of the work of the Holy Spirit in the natural world and a theological interpretation of significant passages. I identify ten attributes of the work of the Holy Spirit within the natural created realm. In the final section, I use these ten facets to draw out implications for the therapeutic process.

Keywords

Holy Spirit; Spirituality

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Volume

34

Issue

3

First Page

216

Last Page

227

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