Resilience: A versatile concept from Biblical to modern times

Volume 6 - Issue 1
Christine E. Agaibi
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Resilience is an ancient concept discussed informally for centuries by philosophers, writers, teachers, and scholars. There is evidence for Biblical roots of this concept in teachings of hope, perseverance, and ultimately overcoming adversity and achieving wellbeing through faith. For example, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, states “longsuffering” (also understood as patience or perseverance) is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Furthermore, through the stories of Joseph, Naomi, Esther, Job, and St. Paul, one can see that faith contributed to resilience. Despite this ancient connection between religion/spirituality and resilience, these concepts are new to the scientific psychological literature. This article will explore and review resilience in ancient Biblical characters, the history of religion/spirituality’s rising in the psychological literature, and the complexity of resilience. Additionally, the connection between these concepts will be addressed. Finally, clinical implications, applications, and future research suggestions will be addressed as faith contributes to meaning and resilient wellbeing.


  • Biblical resilience
  • resilience
  • spiritual coping
  • wellbeing
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