Paths to Human Maturity
Dr. David Field
Mar 9 - Mar 13
Easter Term

In our personal discipleship, in our pastoral counselling, and in our standing with and witnessing to the world, we seek as full an understanding of human wholeness and maturity (Christlikeness) as possible and we wish to identify and deploy all the means which God has given us as crafts and techniques of growth.

In this course, attention will be given to three distinct major approaches to human maturation. all of which have appeal and influence in contemporary society. These are: psychoanalysis, Zen-influenced meditation and mindfulness, and the hesychasm (and other practices) of the desert fathers and mothers.

Pre-reading of selected texts will be required and the course, which will take a Reformed commitment to the biblical story and to the gospel as its starting point, will include brief expositions of the conceptual framework and the ‘craft of change’ in these three traditions; the insights of biblical theology into matters such as breath, the unconscious, silence, attention, and the self; and discussions of the implications for our own pursuit of holiness and our pastoral practice.

About the Instructor

David Field has lectured in seminaries in Nigeria and England, served as minister of a local church south of London, and worked in business as an executive search consultant for leading international universities. He studied at Oxford, completed his PhD on Puritan theology at Cambridge, and has published books on the Puritan John Howe and on Obadiah. David lives in Oxford with his wife Sue, and has three grown-up daughters and two grandsons.

Theopolis Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or scholarship programs.

*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.

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