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Part 12: How can you change your central beliefs


    Posted by Admin on December 29, 2009

Leaders - whether in the home, church, community, school, business, country - routingly face the question: how can someone's central beliefs be changed?

Really, anyone who is interested in how humans flourish is interested in that question.

Klaus goes to the heart of the matter when he claims in a recent Musing:

Our central beliefs can be changed indirectly over time, with God’s grace, as we intentionally engage our minds, our affections (along with our body) in sustained projects of inquiry, learning, discussion, meditation on truth, spiritual practices, within a like-minded community


Notice the following factors:

1. Central beliefs can change.

2. Central beliefs can only be changed indirectly.

3. The indirect changing of central beliefs takes time.

4. Changed central beliefs are the result of God's grace working

5. To indirectly change your central beliefs,  involves intentionally engaging your mind, affections and your body toward a particular focus.

6. Sustained projects of inquiry within a like-minded community helps us to indirectly change our central beliefs.

7. Sustained learning within a like-minded community helps us to indirectly change our central beliefs.

8. Sustained discussion within a like-minded community helps us to indirectly change our central beliefs.

9. Sustained meditation on truth within a like-minded community helps us to indirectly change our central beliefs.

10. Sustained spiritual practices within a like-minded community helps us to indirectly change our central beliefs.

How do these factors surface in your own experience with your own belief formation and with the belief formation of others?

How would you characterize an ideal teaching-learning experience that attempts to capture and make good of the above factors?

How do the above factors influence our understanding of leadership formation?

How can the above factors inform a realistic philosophy of education?

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