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The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

  • Diane J. Chandler

Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Diane J. Chandler
    Pages 1-15
  3. Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  4. Theological Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Michael D. Palmer
      Pages 107-125
  5. Practice-Oriented Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Mary Patton Baker
      Pages 147-166
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-234

About this book


This volume discusses the importance of a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach to Christian formation based upon godly love and the imago Dei (Latin, image of God). Grounded biblically and theologically, this interdisciplinary collection offers perspectives drawn from spirituality, ethics, philosophy, psychology, counselling, ecclesiology, physical health sciences, and leadership studies. Contributors address spiritual, emotional, and psychological formation, while highlighting how suffering has the potential to draw one closer to God and others. The book also details vocational development, appropriate stewardship of the physical body, and the ways in which the Eucharist sacramentally contributes to the process of formation. The book concludes with a call for further exploration of additional research trajectories, not the least of which is how Christian formation contributes to the missio Dei, the mission of God.


Eucharist Theology Christian Formation Trinitarian Spiritual formation Jonathan Edwards Pneumatology missio Dei imago Dei Theological virtues Psychodynamic therapy Pentecostal pneumatology Leadership disorientation John Calvin Dietrich Bonhoeffer Stanley Hauerwas Karl Barth Godly character John Wesley

Editors and affiliations

  • Diane J. Chandler
    • 1
  1. 1.School of DivinityRegent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

About the editors

Diane J. Chandler is an associate professor of spiritual formation and Christian leadership at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Along with published book chapters and journal articles, she has authored Christian Spiritual Formation: An Integrated Approach to Personal and Relational Wholeness (2014).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation
  • Book Subtitle Multidisciplinary Perspectives
  • Editors Diane J. Chandler
  • Series Title Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-42666-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82632-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-42667-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Christian Theology
    Religion and Health
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“The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation edited by Diane J. Chandler is an important addition to the bookshelf of pastors, practical theologians, and Christian counselors. … By offering this multidisciplinary perspective, Chandler brings to light the need for conversations surrounding Christian formation that calls for a holistic and integrative move towards Christ-likeness for the whole self.” (Carmelle Beaugelin, Pneuma, Vol. 39 (3), 2017)