Special Issue "Spiritual Exemplars"

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A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. W. George Scarlett
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, 105 College Avenue, Medford, MA 02155, USA
Website: http://ase.tufts.edu/faculty-guide/fac/wscarlet.childdev.htm
E-Mail: george.scarlett@tufts.edu
Phone: +1 617 6272248
Fax: +1 617 6273503
Interests: faith development, spiritual development,spiritual exemplars, moral and religious-spiritual development, and problematic spirituality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

History is filled with examples of persons exceptional for their spirituality.  Lincoln, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, these and other current and historical figures are acknowledged to be spiritual exemplars not only by their own culture but also by cultures from around the world.  Spiritual exemplars provide, then, a special opportunity to define and understand spiritual development in general and positive spiritual development in particular.  Furthermore, the study of spiritual exemplars can shed light on important developmental issues pertaining to spirituality, in particular the issues of how humans come to integrate faith and reason and develop their own special pattern of faith while showing respect for other patterns.  This special issue of Religions will provide empirical and case studies of a variety of spiritual exemplars – each demonstrating important insights into the nature of spiritual development in general.  Some will be mostly known for the way they addressed issues of social justice and community-building.  Others will be mostly known for the way they showed care for those in need or for the natural world. Of particular interest will be using spiritual exemplars to better understand the role of faith and noble purpose in identity and moral development. Finally, this special issue on spiritual exemplars will also include examples of “negative exemplars” or case studies of pathological faith and “spirituality gone awry” – so as to provide yet another way to understand spiritual development and the role of spirituality in great achievements, both good and bad.

Dr. W. George Scarlett
Guest Editor

Published Papers (8 papers)

Religions 2012, 3(2), 389-406; doi:10.3390/rel3020389
Received: 27 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 13 April 2012 / Published: 26 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 369-388; doi:10.3390/rel3020369
Received: 27 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 13 April 2012 / Published: 26 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 357-368; doi:10.3390/rel3020357
Received: 12 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 13 April 2012 / Published: 26 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 266-288; doi:10.3390/rel3020266
Received: 12 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 13 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 251-265; doi:10.3390/rel3020251
Received: 21 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 13 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 191-209; doi:10.3390/rel3020191
Received: 22 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 11 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 183-190; doi:10.3390/rel3020183
Received: 12 March 2012; in revised form: 27 March 2012 / Accepted: 31 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(2), 163-182; doi:10.3390/rel3020163
Received: 9 March 2012; in revised form: 14 March 2012 / Accepted: 16 March 2012 / Published: 23 March 2012
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