David’s book Divine Revelation and Human Learning was published by Ashgate in 2004. The book charts the connection between psychology of learning and theology of revelation. Below are extracts from some of the reviews of the book. Click on the links on the right for the full text of David’s Ph.D. thesis, which delves more deeply into some of the issues dealt with in the book
This book is a splendid, elegant achievement. Heywood provides an illuminating synthesis of material drawn from the social sciences, philosophy and theology that underpins a compelling vision of Christrian Education. The text bristles with intellectual integrity, economy of expression, theological substance, spiritual sensitivity and practical import. It deserves to be read and pondered in every field of theological inquiry and ecclesiastical practice.
William J Abraham, Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Southern Methodist University, USA
Divine Revelation and Human Learning provides a distinctive and illuminating contribution to the topic of revelation, by taking seriously the natural process of human learning through which it is received. While David Heywood’s interdisciplinary study begins from an emprirical base in the psychology of learning, his intelligent and sure-footed analysis goes on to explore the philosophical and theological issues involved. His arguments effectively link Christian education and practical theology to one of the most significant themes in Christian theology
Ann Loades CBE, Professor of Divinity, University of Durham, UK
Heywood’s erudition and grasp of so many disparate fields adds to the richness and persuasive power of his argument, as does his long experience in Christian education…We are indebted to him.
Gavin d’Costa, Theology
Heywood wants to hold together the insights offered by the social sciences, educatio, psychology and sociology, as well as the perspectives of philosophy and theology. This is a welcome concern. He believes that these disciplines … work best when brought into fruitful conversation with each other. This, in my judgement, Heywood successfully achieves … Heyood believes that the doctrine of revelation in the Christian tradition is uniquely consistant with what we know of the process of learning from social sciences: he therefore offers Chrsitian discipleship as the basis of all human maturity … Anyone concerned with adult education – indeed anyone concered with education at all and who has an interest in theology should read this book.
Kenneth Wilson, Journal of Adult Theological Education
…well worth reading…a complex but very thought-provoking, stretching book
David Baker, Church of England Newspaper