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The Logic of the Spririt


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THE CRY OF THE SPIRIT. What is a Lifetime, and Why Do I Live It? Examining the Relationality Between Human Spirit and theDivine. Human Development Reenvisioned: The Case of Helen. THE TRIUMPH OF NEGATION.Infancy in Theological Perspective: TheSpirit's Confrontation with Nothingness. THE STRUGGLE OF THE SPIRIT. The Toddler: Conformity and the Root of Human Freedom. The Oedipal Child: Sex, Death, and the Origin of Worship. The School-Aged Child: Work and the Ambiguity of Achievement. THE RELEASE OF THE SPIRIT. Adolescence in Psychological Perspective: Five Axes of YouthIdentity. Adolescence in Theological Perspective: Coming into the Presence ofGod. Young Adulthood: Risking Identity in the Service of Love. The Middle Years: Ego Transitions and Transfigurations of theSoul. Beyond 65: Dreaming Dreams and Talking With God.

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JAMES E. LODER is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Transforming Moment and coauthor of The Knight's Move.


"A truly wonderful book. Loder brings together-in a veryilluminating and profound way-the bearing of the Holy Spirit uponthe human spirit. I hope that every seminary will make this book anabsolute must for all students." (Thomas F. Torrance, emeritusprofessor of Christian dogmatics, University of Edinburgh,Scotland) "James Loder combines an uncommon intelligence with the compassionof an extraordinary therapist. Those . . . prepared to grapple withscience, social science, and Christian theology, will find [thisbook] important, thought-provoking, and rewarding." (Sharon DalozParks, Whidbey Institute, co-author, Common Fire: Leading Lives ofCommitment in a Complex World) "A masterful interdisciplinary work. . . an insightful and engagingcontribution for reflective practitioners in . . . fields concernedwith formation and transformation, such as Christian education,counseling, mentoring, youth ministry, and spiritual direction."(Daniel S. Schipani, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary) "In a profound and unique synthesis of postmodern science andtheology, Jim Loder shows how the creative power of the humanspirit can reconstruct and transform the self, once the humanspirit discovers the true ?ground' in the Holy Spirit." (John S.McClure, professor of homiletics, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary,Louisville, Kentucky)

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