John H. Coe (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) is a specialist in the philosophical and theological foundation of the integration of faith and learning. His research focuses on understanding the nature of spiritual and psychological health, the history of spirituality, the work of the Holy Spirit in personal change and the interface between psychology, spirituality and philosophy. A particular interest is in exploring approaches to spiritual direction as a compliment to Christian psychotherapy. Dr. Coe is also the Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University.
My proposed research project is to write a book on Spiritual Theology, integrating a theology of sanctification with the fruits of the history of spirituality and a contemporary psychology of the person. The specific set of issues I am interested in relevant to the Center’s Theme is as follows:
Although I have had opportunity to explore these themes in the history of spirituality, theology and cognitive, existential and psychoanalytic psychology, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to carry this on with current work in cognitive and positive psychology and particularly “mindfulness” research, which I have had little time to investigate.