Inner Formation of the Heart
Part 16: Summary of the 10 Principles of Central Belief Formation
[#1] Our life is not primarily directed by our will power or by surface actions, but by our central beliefs.
[#2] Our central beliefs are not necessarily what we “profess” or say we believe or mere intellectual assent.
[#3] Our central beliefs are made up of two sets of beliefs: a) true, settled, central beliefs and b) false, settled, central beliefs
[#4] Encountering truth/reality is a key means to facilitate embracing new true beliefs, affirming current true beliefs, and correcting false central beliefs, if we are responsive.
[#5] Our plausibility structures—what we consider to be plausible or possible—can limit our search for truth since we will not expend much effort considering or exploring ideas we do not regard as possibly true.
[#6] Our central beliefs cannot instantly be changed by a mere decision or a heartfelt commitment of our will, at any time we want to.
[#7] 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, and spiritual practices.
[#8] Our central beliefs can be acquired even without our conscious mental engagement.
[#9] We are unaware of most of our central beliefs (including false, settled central beliefs).
[#10] We are responsible for our central beliefs (both true and false beliefs) since we can partner with God to facilitate the transformation of our central beliefs.
Next Musing: Part 17: Inner Formation & Spiritual Disciplines/Practices