The Art and Science of Spiritual Formation

The testimony of Scripture consistently emphasizes the interior life. While this emphasis has featured prominently in the Christian tradition, recent advances in neuroscience, the explosion of the mental health service sector, and the prominence of psychological research in American culture have changed the conversation in the church about mental health. To what extent has this new focus been helpful for Christian reflection on spiritual formation, and in what ways has it run counter to the life-transforming claims of the gospel? Given the complex mind-spirit-body connection, the 2018 CPT Conference will bring together the best insights of three fields of study—theological anthropology, spiritual formation, and modern psychology—with a view to articulating a whole-person theology of the mind, heart, body and brain, as well as exploring how best to love and care for victims of abuse and neglect. We invite you to join us.