In Christianity, given the sheer variety and complexity, it is important to identify the centre and periphery, not just in terms of scripture but also in terms of character and praxis.
So what is the centre of Christianity in terms of psychological attributes? I would say the top 3 are
- Love. (‘Love one another,’ and so on.)
- Courage. (‘Fear not,’ and so on.)
- Serenity. (‘My peace I give you,’ and so on.)
These attributes work together to amplify each other. For example, serenity makes courage easier, and love drives courage (if you don’t love something, what reason do you have to be courageous?).
If this is right, then the next question a Christian ought to ask himself is “How do I amplify these attributes on a day to day basis?”
This then leads to the centre of praxis for an individual. Jesus gives many techniques to cultivate these psychological habits in the Gospels.