Spiritual Emotions

Spiritual Emotions

A Psychology of Christian Virtues

By Robert C. Roberts

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Paperback, 9780802827401, 207pp.

Publication Date: July 2007


An expert in moral and philosophical psychology, Robert C. Roberts here develops an original, up-to-date understanding of human emotions in relation to spirituality and as a basic part of Christian moral character. With an eye on pertinent Biblical texts, Roberts explores emotions as nonsensory perceptions that arise from personal caring and concern. His study culminates with an in-depth examination of six "fruit of the Holy Spirit" emotion-virtues: contrition, joy, gratitude, hope, peace, and compassion.

Though Spiritual Emotions is rigorous in its focus on the inner structure of Christian character, it is nonetheless readable and is laced with many narrative examples. The book will be immensely useful for Christian ethicists, psychologists, pastors, and counselors.

About the Author
Robert C. Roberts is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University. He is author of Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology (2003), Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology (2007) and Spiritual Emotions: A Psychology of Christian Virtues (2007).