Theoretical Foundations for Studying the Cube of Love: Chiara Lubich’s Spirituality of Communion, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Transitive” Perspective of Human Nature, and Robert Selman’s Theory of Social Awareness

  • Ronald Ramer Aurora University (emeritus)
  • Steven Rogg Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science
  • Thomas Masters Education and Unity


The authors note how the Cube of Love facilitates the living out of trinitarian relationships inherent in a spirituality of communion. Drawing upon Abraham Heschel’s writings regarding the “transitive” nature of human experience and on Robert Selman’s exploration of stages of growth in social awareness, they suggest that the Cube’s effectiveness may lie in its coherence with authentic human relationships and with the insights of developmental psychology. The authors propose these insights as avenues for research into how the Cube of Love might help to transcend the cultural categories that limit studies of social development, which in turn may offer the Cube as a way of developing a positive culture in diverse educational settings.

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