Daniel J Schleuter
The understanding of spiritual formation in the West has been shaped by historical influences and cultural overtones and thought patterns. The author considers the question: Is the Western understanding of spiritual formation appropriate to the majority world? Three cultural differences are compared: individualism/communalism, time/events and literate/sensate learning styles. After discussing the specific context of a theological college in India, the theological implications, other literature on spiritual formation, and a research survey given to the students at the college, the author concludes that the majority world would be better served by developing its own culturally appropriate understanding of spiritual formation.