Christian Spirituality : An Introduction

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Pub. Date: 1999-09-17
Publisher(s): Wiley
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Summary

This text fills the need for a clear, informative, helpful and well-written introduction to Christian spirituality. It introduces this area of Christian theology as a serious and exciting field of study to those encountering it for the first time. It builds on the huge success of earlier texts in the area of Christian thought and practice by the same author, and is based on seven years' experience of teaching its themes. Written in a clear and accessible manner, and tested in the classroom, this text: bull; bull;Adopts the highly-praised educational approach embodied in other bestselling texts by the same author. bull;Avoids a purely historical approach to the subject which students might find unrewarding. Encourages active engagement with primary sources through worked case studies. bull;Includes a major analysis of the relationship between theology and spirituality, focusing on five major themes. bull;Offers complete coverage of the Christian spiritual tradition, including Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism and Evangelicalism. bull;Includes a guide to resources in spirituality available on the Internet. bull;Can be used for private study or taught courses.

Author Biography

Alister E. McGrath is Principal of Wycliffe College, Oxford. His previous publications include Science and Religion (Blackwell Publishers, 1998), The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion (Blackwell Publishers,1998), An Introduction to Christianity (Blackwell Publishers, 1997), Christian Theology: An Introduction, Second Edition (Blackwell Publishers, 1997) and The Christian Theology Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 1996), amongst many others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
How to Use this Book x
Introduction
1(7)
Defining ``Spirituality''
1(1)
Defining ``Christian Spirituality''
2(3)
Clarifying Terms: Mysticism and Spirituality
5(3)
Types of Christian Spirituality
8(17)
Spirituality, Theology, and Personality
9(4)
Theological variables
10(1)
Historical variables
10(1)
Personal variables
11(2)
Denominational Considerations
13(6)
Catholicism
14(2)
Orthodoxy
16(1)
Protestantism
17(2)
Attitudes to the World, Culture, and History
19(6)
Christ against culture
20(1)
The Christ of culture
20(2)
Christ above culture
22(1)
Christ and culture in paradox
23(1)
Christ the transformer of culture
23(2)
Theological Foundations for Spirituality: Basic Issues
25(10)
The Nature of Theology
26(1)
The Relationship of Theology and Spirituality
27(8)
Positive aspects of the relationship
28(3)
Negative aspects of the relationship
31(4)
Theological Foundations for Spirituality: Case Studies
35(47)
Creation
36(5)
Explanation
36(3)
Application
39(1)
Illustration
40(1)
Human Nature and Destiny
41(6)
Explanation
41(4)
Application
45(1)
Illustration
46(1)
The Trinity
47(7)
Explanation
47(4)
Application
51(1)
Illustration
52(2)
Incarnation
54(7)
Explanation
54(5)
Application
59(1)
Illustration
60(1)
Redemption
61(8)
Explanation
61(6)
Application
67(1)
Illustration
67(2)
Resurrection
69(5)
Explanation
69(2)
Application
71(2)
Illustration
73(1)
Consummation
74(6)
Explanation
74(4)
Application
78(1)
Illustration
79(1)
Conclusion
80(2)
Biblical Images and Christian Spirituality
82(28)
The Bible as a Resource for Spirituality
82(6)
Biblical Images and Spirituality
88(21)
The feast
88(3)
The journey
91(2)
Exile
93(1)
The struggle
94(2)
Purification
96(3)
The internalization of faith
99(2)
The desert
101(2)
Ascent
103(1)
Darkness and light
104(3)
Silence
107(2)
Conclusion
109(1)
Faces, Places, and Spaces: Visualization and Spatialization in Christian Spirituality
110(25)
The Visualization of the Divine
111(8)
A problem? The challenge of idolatry
111(2)
Visualizing God: the incarnation
113(1)
Visualizing God: the creation
114(1)
Visualizing God: the sacraments
115(1)
Christian symbolism: the cross
116(2)
A corrective: the apophatic tradition
118(1)
Telling the Story: Faith in Life
119(5)
The Rhythm of Faith: Structuring Time
124(6)
The Christian week
124(1)
The Christian year
125(3)
The monastic day
128(2)
Spiritual Geography: Structuring Space
130(5)
Holy spaces: spirituality and architecture
130(1)
Holy places: the place of pilgrimage
131(4)
Christian Spirituality: Engaging the Tradition
135(40)
Spirituality and History
135(3)
Interrogating the Text
138(2)
Classic Texts: An Engagement
140(33)
Gregory of Nyssa
141(2)
Augustine of Hippo
143(3)
Anselm of Canterbury
146(3)
Francis of Assisi
149(2)
Hugh of Balma
151(2)
Ludolf of Saxony
153(2)
Julian of Norwich
155(3)
Martin Luther
158(2)
Ignatius Loyola
160(2)
Teresa of Avila
162(3)
Charles Wesley
165(2)
John Henry Newman
167(3)
James I. Packer
170(3)
Conclusion: Where Next?
173(2)
Christian Spirituality: Internet Resources 175(3)
Glossary of Terms 178(13)
Sources of Citations 191(7)
For Further Reading 198(4)
Index 202

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