Christians typically affirm that spiritual formation should occur in the life of the believer, and that formation involves, at least in part, the improvement of one’s character. But is there any empirical evidence that such formation actually takes place? This talk examines the empirical evidence from fields like psychology on whether measures of religiosity correlate with the behavioral outcomes one would expect from spiritual formation. Dr. Christian Miller (Wake Forest University) delivers this lecture titled, “Empirical Evidence for Spiritual Formation? What Does Research in Psychology, Sociology, and Other Fields Have to Offer?”
This talk was delivered on Thursday, February 2 at Exploring Personhood: Human Formation. The conference began with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We then invited perspectives from the sciences (counseling and psychology), humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology), and pastoral ministry. Our aim was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Imago Dei and embodiment — all for the glory of God and the good of the world.