Exploring Christian Spirituality
A renewed interest in spirituality is sweeping the world, but the term "spirituality" can encompass everything from Protestant evangelistic fervour to New Age mysticism. EXPLORING CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY seeks to identify what is distinctive about Christian spirituality. In this collection...
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A renewed interest in spirituality is sweeping the world, but the term "spirituality" can encompass everything from Protestant evangelistic fervour to New Age mysticism. EXPLORING CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY seeks to identify what is distinctive about Christian spirituality.
In this collection of twenty-four essays, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Methodist writers describe the unique forms of spirituality that have emerged from their traditions. Other essays show how theology can inform spirituality and how the doctrine of the Trinity gives Christian spirituality its unique character. Additional topics explored are the role of Scripture in shaping Christian spirituality and the feminist perspective on spirituality.
A broad-based, ecumenical anthology on spirituality that explores the contours and riches of its contemporary expression within the Christian tradition.
"Spiritual formation is claiming the mind of multitudes. Unfortunately little definition and content have been available to give direction to this interest. Christian teachers and pastors must take responsibility for directing earnest seekers. A generic spirituality is not adequate. Here, in one volume, is an expansive introduction and description unlike anything I have seen. It is a source book any serious student will treasure."--Dr. Maxie D. Dunnam, president, Asbury Theological Seminary"In an era of exploding spirituality, one of the critical needs is perspective. Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader edited by Kenneth J. Collins provides a quality resource. It offers balance, breadth, perspective, and numerous helpful insights."--Ben C. Johnson, professor of Christian spirituality, Columbia Theological Seminary"When I first saw the title of Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader, I thought, 'Oh, no! Not another symposium on an overworked subject!' After reading the collection from beginning to end, however, I've had to change my mind. Ken Collins has put at our disposal some of the best contributions to the current debate about spirituality in both church and academy. It's a book you will want to have if you are exploring how to define spirituality, what it looks like in different traditions, and how it relates to theology, scripture, and feminism. Excellent for advance classroom use."--E. Glenn Hinson, retired professor of spirituality and John Loftis Professor of Church History, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"Exploring Christian Spirituality will be a valuable resource for graduate students in Christian Spirituality, initiating them into the current discussion in the field and acquainting them with some of the major contributors to that discussion."--Sandra M. Schneiders Jesuit School of Theology"Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader is a fine piece of work that fills a needed gap in the contemporary exploration of spirituality. Collins has collected together a series of key essays which explore crucial issues in enlightening ways. This collection is a superb starting point for a thoughtful reflection on the nature of spiritual experience. Such an analysis is vital in this day and age when so many people are fascinated by spirituality yet unconnected to any spiritual tradition. These articles connect heart to head, experience to thought. I am most impressed by the wide range of authors, the ecumenical character of the reflection, the nuanced analysis, and the wide range of subjects considered. I suspect this book will be widely used."--Richard V. Peace, Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary"In the contemporary confusion about the meaning and purpose of 'spirituality' today, this is a very welcome reader. It sets out with clarity, comprehension, and scholarly editorial guidance a wide range of well-selected historical, theological, and cultural selections to appreciate the complexity and importance of 'Christian Spirituality.' It will provide a much needed textbook for those teaching the subject in seminary and college courses. It provides to all thoughtful Christians a personal challenge of the multidimensional nature of the Christian faith, whose integration is needed more than ever. Implicitly, it challenges us all to face the rich historical heritage, as well as the contemporary complexity of expressing our Christian faith. Thus it is a book that will have lasting value and be an important work to consult constantly and thus to possess personally. The editor is to be congratulated for this excellent reference work."--James M. Houston, Board of Governors' Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College
Kenneth J. Collins (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of Kenneth J. Collins (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury TheologicalHistorical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has published several books including The Theo Seminary. He has published several books including The Theology of John Wesley (Abingdon, 2007), The Evangelical Momentlogy of John Wesley (Abingdon, 2007), The Evangelical Moment (Baker, 2005) and John Wesley: A Theological Journey (Abing (Baker, 2005) and John Wesley: A Theological Journey (AbingC
- List Of Contributors<br>introduction<br><br>part 1:	historical Considerations<br>what Is Spirituality?<br><i>philip Sheldrake<br></i>toward Defining Spirituality<br><i>walter Principe</i><br><br>part 2:	contemporary Modulations<br>spirit And Spirituality<br>j<i>ohn Macquarrie</i><br>a Model For Describing Spirituality<br><i>lawrence L. Lapierre</i><br>a Spirituality For The New Axial Period<br><i>ewert Cousins</i><br><br>part 3:	christian Traditions<br>carmelite Spirituality<br><i>keith J. Egan</i><br>the Essentials Of Orthodox Spirituality<br>a Monk Of The Eastern Church<br>lutheran Spirituality<br><i>bengt Hoffman</i><br>reformed Spirituality<br><i>howard G. Hageman</i><br>anglican Spirituality: An Ethos And Some Issues<br><i>harvey H. Guthrie</i><br>methodist Spirituality<br><i>david Lowes Watson</i><br>evangelical Spirituality: A Church Historian's Perspective<br><i>richard F. Lovelace</i><br><br>part 4:	spirituality And Theology<br>the Nature Of Spiritual Theology<br><i>charles André Bernard, S.j.</i><br>spirituality As Spiritual Theology<br><i>bradley C. Hanson</i><br>spirituality In The Academy<br><i>sandra M. Schneiders, I.h.m.</i><br><br>part 5:	spirituality And The Trinity<br>the Practical Trinity<br><i>catherine Mowry Lacugna</i><br>three Trinitarian Spiritualities<br><i>john L. Gresham, Jr.</i><br>contemplating The Trinitarian Mystery Of Christ<br><i>james B. Torrance</i><br><br>part 6:	spirituality And Scripture<br>old Testament Spirituality<br><i>j. Steven Harper</i><br>saint Mark: The Basic Text For Christian Spirituality<br><i>eugene H. Peterson</i><br>an Outline Of Paul's View Of The Spiritual Life: Foundation For An Evangelical Spirituality<br><i>david S. Dockery</i><br><br>part 7:	spirituality And Feminism<br>toward Spiritual Maturity: Spirituality<br><i>joann Wolski Conn</i><br>on Feminist Spirituality<br><i>anne Carr</i><br>dancing In The Dark: Women's Spirituality And Ministry<br><i>joann Wolski Conn</i><br>where Do We Go From Here?<br>index