UNPACKING THE DANCE--Pauw: Attending to the Gaps between Beliefs and Practices

The belief mix is composed of both true and untrue beliefs. True beliefs are those that correspond to the way things actually are. Untrue beliefs do not.

The behavior mix is composed of both good and ungood behaviors. Good behaviors fulfill their divinely intended function, are characterized by beauty and elegance, and lead to excellence. Ungood behaviors do not.

The belief mix and behavior mix influence one another. The belief mix nurtures the behavior mix and the behavior mix stimulates the belief mix. *

Affections provide the force* of influence. Affections include values, desires, dispositions, and emotions. They influence and are influenced by both belief and behavior.

Praxis is the complex of influences involved in the process of reflective action. It can be intentional or unintentional (or both).

  • What does Pauw mean by nurture and stimulus?
  • How is the affective dimension changed?
  • How do communal and individual contexts influence this process?
  • What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this process?
  • How far can/should we take the analogy of force in describing the function of the affections in praxis?

Ideas drawn from:
"Attending to the Gaps between Beliefs and Practices"
by Amy Plantinga Pauw
in Practicing Theology
Ed. by Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass


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