An Christian Spirituality
This text fills the need for a clear, informative, helpful and well-written introduction to the exciting field of Christian spirituality. McGrath offers complete coverage of the Christian spiritual tradition, including Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism and Evangelicalism. Suitable for personal study or...
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This text fills the need for a clear, informative, helpful and well-written introduction to the exciting field of Christian spirituality. McGrath offers complete coverage of the Christian spiritual tradition, including Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism and Evangelicalism. Suitable for personal study or course use, the book includes a guide to relevant resources on the Internet. From Blackwell.
"This book ably and accurately provides information that will help those unfamiliar with the Christian tradition to engage with classical texts on spirituality." Amy M. Hollywood, Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire"This study really is an 'introduction' and is well suited to the needs of undergraduate students in universities, theological colleges, and seminaries. The book will also be useful for adult education courses, and will appeal in addition to a more general readership. There is a need for a reliable, basic, introductory textbook like this that doesn't make too many assumptions about its readers." Philip Sheldrake, Vice-Principal, Sarum College, Salisbury"I am sure that this book will have a wide readership, particularly among theologians and students of theology. It should also have a wider readership among Christians more generally. Existing works of spirituality often have limited scope and make assumptions about their readers' knowledge. The author's concern to fill gaps and provide adequate explanations and contexts is admirable." Robert Swanson, Reader in Medieval History, University of Birmingham"[The book's] considerable advantage in accessibility and in the structured ordering of ideas makes it ideal as an undergraduate textbook or a committed interest-reader's introduction. It includes frequent invitations and injunctions to read and explore more deeply. The book is written with superb clarity and very considerable breadth of reference...As a working textbook, this has everything one could wish for: interaction with the reader in the form of suggested tasks and internal cross-references; good management of the interrelationship with theology and clarification of terms; window-box texts; a glossary; a list of websites. For university courses and libraries this is a must. For enquirers it is a scholarly and accessible guide." International Journal of Children's Spirituality"This book is highly recommended as a college or seminary textbook on the spiritual life or sanctification. In addition, anyone interested in delving into the tradition of Christian spirituality will find this a useful guide." Bibliotheca Sacra
Scientist, and former atheist, turned internationally-regarded theologian and prolific author, Revd Professor Alister McGrath, (D.Phil (Oxon), earned D.D. (Oxon) has been appointed to the newly created Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London. Formerly he was Professor of Historical Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles including The Christian Theology Reader; Theology; Christianity: An Introduction; A Brief History of Heaven, and Dawkins' God .
McGrath is an Evangelical on the cutting edge of the interface between Theology and Science, and Theology within post-modern culture as indicated by his most recent publications A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology(2009),The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine and The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- Part I: Introduction: 1. Defining "spirituality". 2. Defining
- "christian Spirituality". 3. Mysticism And Spirituality. 4.
- Spirituality, Theology And Personality: Theological Variables. Personal
- Variables. Part Ii: Types Of Christian Spirituality: 5. Denominational
- Considerations: Catholicism. Orthodoxy. Protestantism. 6. Attitudes To The
- World, Culture And History: Christ Against Culture. The Christ Of Culture.
- Christ Above Culture. Christ And Culture In Paradox. Christ The
- Transformer Of Culture. Part Iii: Theological Foundations For
- Spirituality: 7. The Nature Of Theology. 8. The Relation Of Theology And
- Spirituality. 9. Positive Aspects Of The Relationship. 10. Negative
- Aspects Of The Relationship. 11. Spirituality And Theology: Five Case
- Studies: Creation. Incarnation. Redemption. Resurrection. Consummation.
- Part Iv: Biblical Images And Christian Spirituality: 12. The Bible As A
- Resource For Spirituality: The Bible: An Introduction. The Spiritual
- Application Of The Bible. 13. Biblical Images And Spirituality: The Feast.
- The Journey. Exile. The Struggle. Purification. The Internalization Of
- Faith. The Desert. Ascent. Darkness And Light. Silence. Part V: Faces,
- Places And Spaces: Visualization And Spatialization In Christian
- Spirituality: 14. The Visualization Of The Divine. 15. A Problem? The
- Challenge Of Idolatry. 16. Visualizing God: The Incarnation Visualizing
- God: The Creation. 17. Visualizing God: The Sacraments. 18. Christian
- Symbolism: The Cross. 19. A Corrective: The Apophatic Tradition. 20.
- Telling The Story: Faith And Life. 21. The Rhythm Of Faith: Structuring
- Time: The Christian Week. The Christian Year. The Monastic Day. 22.
- Spiritual Geography: Structuring Space: Holy Spaces: Spirituality And
- Architecture. Holy Places: The Role Of Pilgrimage. Part Vi: Christian
- Spirituality: Engaging The Tradition: 23. Spirituality And History
- Interrogating The Text. 24. Classic Texts: The Engagement: Gregory Of
- Nyssa. Augustine Of Hippo. Anselm Of Canterbury. Francis Of Assisi. Hugh
- Of Balma. Ludolf Of Saxony. Julian Of Norwich. Martin Luther. Teresa Of
- Avila. Charles Wesley. James I. Packer. Conclusion: Where Next? Christian
- Spirituality: Internet Resources.