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Title: Contemporising Jonathan Edwards' theory of spiritual perception : towards an analytic theological psychology of transforming grace with special reference to Robert Roberts
Author: Yeo, Ray (Siak Ying)
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This dissertation is an attempt to revisit Jonathan Edwards’ theory of spiritual perception from the perspective of Robert Roberts’ work in the philosophy of emotions and other related philosophical sub-disciplines with the purpose of providing a contemporary account of spiritual perception and, by extension, a theological psychology of transforming grace. The contemporisation effort focuses on three main aspects of Edwards’ theory: the infusion of grace, the content of Scripture and spiritual delight. The weaknesses and limitations of Edwards’ original account in these three aspects were examined and a proposal to revise, update and deepen his theory in five major ways was provided in light of the issues raised. The contemporised account of spiritual perception constitutes an overall advancement over Edwards’ original theory in two ways. First, it avoids a number of the difficulties that the original faces. Second, it further refines some aspects of Edwards’ account that were underdeveloped and brings many of Edwards’ insights into conversation with various spheres of contemporary discussion. Moreover, the contemporised account also examines the psychological basis of spiritual perception in a way that Edwards never did. In particular, it argues that the capacity for spiritual perception of the supreme good is grounded in a wisdom-like seminal virtue centered upon the incarnate Christ (i.e., Christocentric wisdom). Such wisdom, on the contemporised account, is considered the psychological core of transforming grace and the foundational basis upon which all other Christian virtues are formed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.634182  DOI: Not available
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