PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
Christian Spirituality and Authentic Transformation
CPSY 7162 (Sec. 15/35)
Spring, 2004 Gary W. Moon, MDiv, Ph.D
Office Hours on Wed. or via email
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course aims to provide an overview of theological foundations (themes) most
relevant for counseling students. The term “integrative” is used for two purposes.
First it suggests an integration of different tributaries of theology—biblical,
historical, systematic, practical and apologetics. That is, it is used to show the
breadth or spectrum of theology.
Second, and more specific to the purposes of this course, “integrative” infers an
examination of how theology may be incorporated into the process of authentic
change and transformation into Christlikeness.
Key areas of Christian theology will be introduced and explored. The areas of
theology chosen for review are deemed to be both particularly relevant to the
process of spiritual transformation and within the domain of Christian spirituality.
II. OBJECTIVES/CRITICAL COMPETENCIES
1. To be exposed to an overview of Christian spirituality.
2. To deeply consider the process of personal transformation.
3. To explore domains of theology most relevant to Christian counselors.
4. To read and discuss the work of Dallas Willard (and other “amateur”
theologians) as relevant to the process of personal transformation.
5. To create an experiential awareness of theology.
Boa, Kenneth. (2001). Conformed to his image. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Dorman, Ted M. (2001). A faith for all seasons: Historic Christian belief in its
classical expression. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman.
Willard, Dallas. (2002). Renovation of the heart: Putting on the character of
Christ. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress
Barron, Robert. (2000). And now I see: A theology of transformation. New York,
NY: Crossroad Publishing.
Chan, Simon. (1998). Spiritual theology: A systematic study of the Christian life.
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.
Willard, Dallas. (1991). The Spirit of the disciplines: Understanding how God
changes lives. San Francisco: Harper Collins.
Willard, Dallas (1998). The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life
In God. San Francisco: Harper Collins.
Willard, Dallas. (1999). Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship
with God. Downers Grove: IVP
1. Class attendance and participation in discussion 25%
2. Completion of the assigned readings with a one page 25%
assessment of each reading block assigned. This one page
assessment is your general impression of the readings and
is due at the beginning of the class session for which the
readings have been assigned. (i.e., Reading reports for thsessions one—six are to be turned in February 20, and thApril 16 for session two.) Give particular attention to
insights relevant to your own journey of transformation. To
clarify: You will likely do a one paragraph summary of each
chapter or facet you read as part of the six pages you turn in.
3. Written integration project due at the beginning of our second 25% th meeting time (April 16). This project should demonstrate:
a) An overall theological understanding of one of the 12
Theological themes presented in the syllabus. (e.g., The
nature of God as “Creative,” “Community,” or
“Compassion.” Note: You do not focus on the broader
topic (i.e., the nature of God), but on one of the more
b) An understanding of how this theme fits into the bigger
picture of God’s narrative found in the Bible.
c) How this theme relates to your own story—specifically to
your process of transformation.
d) An understanding of how the theme is relevant to counseling stPeople in the 21 century.
e) Which Disney classic (no this is not a typo) best expresses this
th4. Participation in a panel discussion (April 17) during which 25%
you will demonstrate awareness of both the theological and
counseling implications of the “theme” you have researched.
Students will receive numeric and grade-letter feedback on each of the above
criteria. Expectations for various grade levels will be explained prior to the
assignment of grades.
VI. Meeting Schedule and Assignments
The Doctrine of God
Session 1 Creative Creation
1 Dorman Chapters 1, 2 & 4
Willard Chapter 1 2 Boa Facet 1
1Chapters 1 and 2 are foundational to the theological themes that follow.
Session 2 Community Trinity
Dorman Chapter 3
Willard Chapter 2
Boa Facet 2
Session 3 Compassion Grace/Love
3 Dorman Chapter 5
Boa Facet 3
The Doctrine of Humanity
Session 4 The Good The Imago Dei
Dorman Chapter 6
Willard Chapter 4
Boa Facet 4
Session 5 The Bad Sin/Fall
Dorman Chapter 7
Willard Chapter 3
Boa Facet 5
Session 6 The Ugly Internal Battle
Willard Chapter 5
Boa Facet 6
The Doctrine of Christ
Session 7 Medium Incarnation
Dorman Chapter 8
2 Note: A “facet” in the Boa text includes multiple chapters 3 Not a perfect match, but you’ve already read chapter 3
Willard Chapter 6
Boa Facet 7
Session 8 Message The Kingdom
Dorman Chapter 9
Willard Chapter 7
Boa Facet 8
Session 9 Manifestation Resurrection
Dorman Chapter 10
Willard Chapter 8
Boa Facet 9
Session 10 Purgation Salvation
Dorman Chapter 12
Willard Chapter 9
Boa Facet 10
Session 11 Illumination Sanctification 1
Willard Chapters 10 & 11
Boa Facet 11
Session 12 Union Sanctification 2 and Consummation
Dorman Chapter 11
Willard Chapters 12 & 13
Boa Facet 12
CPSY 7162: Assignment 1
You are to complete all of the assigned readings and write a one-page assessment of each reading block (e.g., one page for “session one: God as creative.”) This one page assessment is your general impression of the readings and is due at the beginning of the class session for which the readings have been assigned. (The reading report for sessions
ththone—six is to be turned in February 20; the second reading report is due April 16.) It
is important that you give particular attention to insights relevant to your own journey of transformation.
To clarify: You should do a one-paragraph summary of each chapter or facet you read as part of the one page report done for each session. That is, while you will turn in two, six-page summaries of your readings. Each page will consist of three paragraphs—
one paragraph for each chapter (or in the case of Boa, facet).
CPSY 7162: Assignment 2
Written Integration Project
Your written integration project is due at the beginning of our second meeting time
th). This project (8 to 10 page paper) should demonstrate: (April 16
1. An overall theological understanding of one of the 12 theological themes
presented in the syllabus. (e.g., The nature of God as “Creative,”
“Community,” or “Compassion.”) Note: You do not focus on the broader
topic (i.e., the nature of God), but on one of the more specific themes.
2. An understanding of how this theme fits into the bigger picture of God’s
narrative found in the Bible.
3. How this theme relates to your own story—specifically to your process of
st4. An understanding of how the theme is relevant to counseling people in the 21
5. Which Disney (or other) classic (no this is not a typo) best expresses this
You will sign-up for your topic during the time of our first meeting together.
CPSY 7162 : Assignment sign-up sheet
The Doctrine of God
Doctrine of Humanity
Imago Dei/The Good
Internal Battle Ground/The Ugly
Doctrine of Christ
Doctrine of Transformation
CPSY 7162: Assignment 3
Group Project/Class Presentation
th) during which you will You will participation in a panel discussion (April 17
demonstrate awareness of both the theological and counseling implications of the “theme” you have researched. Note: You will not have to research another theme, as you will discuss the theme developed in your paper. In this case you will be discussing this theme with more of a focus on a particular case study.