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Commentary on the Circle of Place Spirituality by Joel Brulin and Pehr Granqvist

Posted on13 Dec 2018
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My attention has been drawn to a recent commentary on my circle of place spirituality (CoPS) model written by Joel Brulin and Pehr Granqvist from Stockholm University, Sweden. While I have not personally met with Pehr, I have had the pleasure of sharing a plenary session with Joel during the 2017 IAPR conference in Hamar, Norway. Granqvist is a well-respected scholar in the attachment-religion field and I always follow his arguments. However, I  personally think...
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Attachment and Caregiving Faith Development in Australian-based Pentecostals

Posted on05 Dec 2018
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My new study on the Caregiving Faith of African Pentecostals in New South Wales has been published in the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 30(1): 55-74, the official publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion. In this study, I examined the links between attachment patterns and faith development within African Pentecostal communities in New South Wales. Below is the abstract: This article reports on the association between global attachment styles and...
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A Theology of Juxtaposition for Everyday Life

Posted on04 Jun 2018
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My first official publication on the theology of juxtaposition was finally published last week on HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, Volume 74, No 2, a4630. It was exciting to work on the paper with my long-time friend and brother in Christ, Dr Joe Miller of Southern California Seminary, USA. You can download the full paper online here. The paper basically responds to the spiritual struggles and issues associated with having a relationship experience with God by...
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Place Attachment in the Bible

Posted on23 Dec 2017
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I am truly honoured to publish a joint-work on the role of place attachment in religion with Fraser Watts in the Journal of Psychology and Theology 45(3): 218-232. Dr Watts is currently the Visiting Professor in Psychology of Religion at the University of Lincoln, and previously served as Reader in Theology and Science at Cambridge University, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the University of London, Principal Psychologist at King’s College Hospital, and Senior Scientist at...
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Attachment-motivated Religious Conflicts and Psychopathology

Posted on08 Sep 2017
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What is the cause of religious-related conflicts and acts of terrorism? And how can we explain the conflicts from the perspective of the individual perpetrator? These questions are what I have attempted to address in my latest article on “Attachment Theory and Religious Violence” published in a special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion on the Role of Religion in Violence and Peacebuilding. Here is an excerpt from the editorial which I believe...
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Between God and Self: On Youth Identity Crisis

Posted on07 Aug 2017
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There are reasons to believe that how we construct the self stems from our close relationship experiences, and in particular, in the existence of God as a symbolic attachment figure. In a study conducted with about one hundred young South African Christians, results reveal that this might be the case. This notion is consistent with the ideas of Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate who have both written extensively on attachment and authenticity. They stress the importance...
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A Caregiving Faith: What Does It Mean for Young People?

Posted on12 Jan 2017
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If we take as a premise that there is an enduring tie that bonds relational partners in a relationship then the paper The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A care-giving faith? should concern all of us, especially those working with young people. The main bulk of the argument in the paper was that youth faith experience precipitates from a ‘behavioural system’ known as the ‘attachment system’. It is said that a sense of attachment resonates with...
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