A Brief History of Spirituality (Blackwell Brief Histories by Philip Sheldrake PDF

By Philip Sheldrake

ISBN-10: 1405117702

ISBN-13: 9781405117708

A quick heritage of Spirituality tells the tale of Christian spirituality from its origins within the New testomony to the current day.Charts the most figures, rules, pictures and ancient classes, displaying how and why spirituality has replaced and constructed over the centuriesDraws out the designated topics of Christian spirituality, exploring the ancient and cultural occasions and reviews that modified people’s attitudes and practicesCoverage extends correct as much as the trendy day, exploring the massive alterations in spirituality lately and how it's these days frequently contrasted with ‘religion’Written via a number one commentator on spirituality, and released within the well known short Histories of faith sequence

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A second, related theme is asceticism. The word itself comes from the Greek aske¯sis, training – hence the athletic images in the story. Asceticism in its proper sense does not imply an anti-body attitude. 2006 10:33am the body with great seriousness, understanding it to be a vital element of spiritual progress in need of proper ordering. The goal of ascetical discipline was a properly directed rather than a fragmented life. 9 The greatest teachers of wisdom in the desert were the monk’s cell and the spiritual father or mother.

6 For all these reasons, it is not surprising that clarity concerning the nature of Jesus Christ, and his relationship to God, was one of the most critical theological issues of the early Christian period. 7 Our destiny is ‘‘deification’’ or, in the words of Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130–200), ‘‘The Word of God . . did . . ’’8 At an early stage, Christianity had to contend with what came to be called Gnosticism. This was a tendency that took a variety of forms rather than a coherent movement. The title itself reflects the Greek word gnosis, knowledge.

This is the feature of early Christian spirituality that is least often considered. Second, Christianity consistently had to respond to hostility and persecution in the public forum until it became itself a public religion in the fourth century and then had to change gear in important ways. Third, the expanding Christian community increasingly confronted internal controversies and was forced to address the need for greater doctrinal precision. Fourth, particularly in the aftermath of Christianity’s adoption of a public role, the ascetical and counter-cultural tendency within Christianity found expression increasingly in the development of monastic ways of life.

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