The Passions: A Cautionary Note for Disciples

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Most of the difficult struggles and tensions we live with are the common lot of human beings. This essay returns to the ancient and neglected theme of the passions. The early church spiritual writers had quite a bit to say about the passions and how they needed to be properly directed for a life of love and hope. Our contemporary appeal to the passions offers a more positive spin but it was not always so. I find much that resonates on the theme of the passions with contemporary insights from psychology, spiritual direction and general wisdom. If we are to be passonate disciples then we might as well know what that could look like and what St. Paul really meant when he spoke of crucifying the passions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn-Between God
Subtitle of host publicationTheology, Community and Discipleship
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherAFT Press/Theology
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781921817106
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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