A Brief History of Christian Spirituality

A Brief History of Christian Spirituality

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This is a historical survey of the great names and movements for readers who are interested in spirituality in today's world. Introductory chapters on what is meant by spirituality and the place of the Bible in Christian spirituality provide a modern context. It covers Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox approaches, as well as worldwide experiences, such as in Africa and in Latin America. It also includes an appendix of exercises.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 198mm
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745937217
  • 9780745937212

Table of contents

What is Christian spirituality? - why is it worth studying the global Christian tradition?; the Bible calls Christans to develop relationships with God, ourselves, others and Creation through prayer; beginnings - the early martyrs, ascetism, early monasticism (including the Desert Fathers and Celtic Christianity); Eastern "Jesus prayer" and icons - Western monasticism (Bernard of Clairvaux), mendicant orders (St Francis) and mystics (Julian); Reformation - Luther, Calvin, Simons, Ignatius, Theresa of Avila, methodists, Francis de Sales, Pascal and Kierkegaard; the 20th century - Pentecostalism, ecumenism, liberation theology in Latin America, Africa (Desmond Tutu), Asia (Mother Theresa), Europe (Bonhoeffer), North America (Merton, influence of psychology, feminism, 12-step and creation spirituality), Australia/New Zealand? Appendix: exercises in spirituality.
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