Fall semester topics

Spirituality – spiritual growth from the Christian perspective

In the last 60 years particularly, it has been pointed out in social sciences, that beside mind and body there is also a strong spiritual aspect of the human psyche recently labeled as SQ - Spiritual Intelligence (beside IQ and EQ). We as individauls seek to understand the world around us not only horizontally, but in a vertical frame as well. People holding religious beliefs have a sense that there is more to life than just the current physical existence. Some argue, however, that psychology and religion (and theology specifically) has nothing in common. They should be separated and treated within its own contexts. Those on the other side view religious scriptures such as the Bible to be a living scripture - that talks to us in unexplainable ways. It can speak to our mind and soul in the same time as God wills it to reveal himself to us on his own terms in a very gentle way. Scripture tend to transmit guidelines for many thousansd of years now on how to live an honest, virtuous and transparent life, how to rid ourselves from the false self and insist to God's reality (truth and righteousness.) See some interesting scientific articles below, from various aspects of Christian faith and its relationship to psychology.

  • Christian Churches with English language services in Budapest with contact information
  • Christian spirituality in the Catholic tradition (full book in pdf)
  • Blaise Pascal: An Apologist for Our Times - A Defense of Christianity Ringing True Today (pdf)
  • Recommended books

    Richard Rohr: From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality, 2005.
    Ralph D. Mecklenburger: Our Religious Brains (What Cognitive Science Reveals About Belief, Morality, Community, and Our Relationship with God) 2012.
    Kyriacos C. Markides: Inner River (A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality), 2012.

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