The Nature of Spiritual Transformation: A Review of the Literature – by Arthur J. Schwartz, Ed.D. |

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February 28 by The Running Son

The Nature of Spiritual Transformation: A Review of the Literature

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(Introduction and T.O.C. excerpt included for preview below. Click title ABOVE for full essay.)

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INTRODUCTION
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The single purpose of this study is to review the scientific literature on the concept of spiritual transformation.
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Learning more about spiritual transformation as a universal principle advances the donor intent of Sir John Templeton. More specifically, Sir John writes in his book Possibilities (2000) that:
Christians often refer to a favorite verse in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, describing one or more transformative events in their lives as an experience of having been born again. Christians also describe a variety of important experiences as being filled with the spirit. Their descriptions often concur in asserting that their lives are no longer the same and have been transformed for the better. Independent observers often attest to these changes as well.
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Can study of the nature of such changes offer another possibility for developing spiritual progress based on improved understanding of, and
appreciation for, spiritually transforming experiences?
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CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………. 3
Spiritual transformation as a universal principle
The example of Cassie Bernall

DEFINING “SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION” ……………. 4
Spiritual transformation in the Hebrew Scriptures
Spiritual transformation in the New Testament
Spiritual transformation in the Koran
What distinguishes spiritual transformation from other religious experiences
How does the term spiritual transformation differ from other similar terms

EARLY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH………………………………. 6
The relationship between age and spiritual transformation
The relationship between personality and spiritual transformation
The relationship between stress and spiritual transformation

CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ………………………… 7
Six ‘conversion motifs’
The “old” versus “new” conversion paradigm
Rambo’s seven stages of transformation
The “self” andspiritual transformation

RECENT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH …………………………. 10
Zinnbauer & Pargament Study (1998)
Kirkpatrick Studies (1997, 1998)
Kose Study (1996)
Miller & D’deBaca Study (1994)
Poston Study (1992)
Kox Study (1991)
Kirkpatrick and Shaver Study (1990)
Ullman Study (1989)
Paloutzan Study (1981)
Turner Study (1979)
Heirich Study (1977)
Seggar and Kunz Study (1972)

REFERENCES………………………………………………………. 15

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