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The Transforming Moment [Paperback]

By E. Loder James (Author)
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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1989
Publisher   Helmers & Howard Publishers
ISBN  0939443171  
EAN  9780939443178  

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In this groundbreaking study of convictional knowing, Dr. James E. Loder (Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary) builds a framework for understanding human experiences in which ordinary modes of apprehending reality are suspended by the startling intrusion of a convincing insight -- which often arrives with convictional force and transformational power. Interweaving psychology and Christian theology, Loder establishes the five-part pattern of convictional insight in the arts, sciences, the practice of psychotherapy, human development, and spirituality. "Personally powerful, spiritually sophisticated, therapeutically sensitive -- a resource for all who long to find the Face of God in the voids we face." -- James B. Ashbrook

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

James E. Loder currently resides in Princeton, in the state of New Jersey. James E. Loder was born in 1931.

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Freud & Piaget + Kierkegaard  Jul 20, 2006
I took a course from Loder at Princeton a few years before his death. I was given an A, but I can't say I understood most of the material. It was over my head, and most of my fellow students, but it was a good experience. He wept every class and we evangelicals (a distinct and embattled minority) knew something spiritual was happening.

Reading, and re-reading, this book is alot like that. It drew me in to an experience that somehow seemed deep and spiritual, but it is hard to articulate why. Now I know there were students who, after many classes, finally 'got it' about Loder. they could offer a much more lucid review. But I think I represent many readers with my reaction. Maybe that's why this is the first review written after 17 years.

The opening illustration of Loder's car accident and near death makes me weep every time I read it. I know that sounds melodramatic, but it is true.

So how do we sort out his approach? I guess the best explanation I can divine -- Loder is a learned, highy complex marriage of Piaget and Freudian psychological theories with Kierkegaardian existentialist theology. Loder argues for a highly individualistic transformational education, invoked by some sort of experience of crisis. The dark night of the soul brings the possibility of the inbreaking experience of God's grace.

Of course, transformation, throgh experience, is Biblical, and broadly speaking has continuity with good Xian tradition from Edwards to the Puritans to medieval mystics to dessert fathers to modern evangelicals. But Loder's individualism and existentialism, not based in community (even if it is EXPRESSED in community), makes it less satisfying than some on that list.

Well, this is wildly oversimplified, and I wish one of his learned disciples would clime in. But I read this book like I read most novels, for a moving emotional experience, not for teaching.

BTW -- Brent Webb-Mitchell of Duke offers an interesting summary and analysis of Loder in his Christly Gestures (2003) book.

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